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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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Address: 2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: 907-455-6469
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Description: I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce...
I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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So happy we decided to do Tails of the Trail!!!!

We were in Fairbanks on our honeymoon, fulfilling our dream of seeing the Northern Lights in person. We saw a flyer about Mary Shields and Tails of the Trail, and the owners of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Hilham, Tennessee
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Hilham, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were in Fairbanks on our honeymoon, fulfilling our dream of seeing the Northern Lights in person. We saw a flyer about Mary Shields and Tails of the Trail, and the owners of the B&B said everyone really enjoyed it. Well, our visit with Mary was a strong competition with the Northern Lights as being the highlight of our Alaskan... More 

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Bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Mary's nice and very informative for what we can learn from her life. The story she did told make us feel that she's the strongest mind for what a woman can do. Her story and the way she told is very impressive. Also, the cute 4 dogs made us laugh and feel so happy for the trip. Really thanks for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had great time with Mary and her dog team yesterday. Impressed by her adventure life experience and amazing courage! Highly recommended tour! Eve and Ben

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We had the pleasure of meeting Mary Shields and her dogs. Mary has led a truly incredible life, and we were quite impressed by her fascinating journey. Mary is the first woman to complete the Iditarod. She shared captivating stories about her experiences in that race and others. Mary is a remarkable person, and a true inspiration.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

If you find yourself in Fairbanks for any reason make time to visit Mary. She has led a most incredible life and it was absolutely wonderful to hear about it. She is so friendly and easy to be around. Her dogs are very sweet and she really understands each of their personalities. I went to Fairbanks to see the Aurora... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

From the moment Mary greeted us from the front door of her home until we bid her farewell hours later, she made us feel like old friends. She was knowledgeable and entertaining, gracious and humble. As we sat around her kitchen table enjoying a delicious home-baked cake, she recounted numerous stories of her dog sledding experiences, and took time to... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Mary is a true treasure to Fairbanks and the dog mushing world. She is so delightful, gracious, informative and caring towards her dogs. She invited us into her one room cabin which she and her husband built. We went out to meet her dogs and you can see the love they have for her and she for them. She explained... More 

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Topanga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We signed up for an afternoon at Mary Shields' home the day after watching the start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks in March 2015. We were a captive audience for three hours. Her stories and explanations of the Iditarod race and mushing in general were terrific. We met her sled dogs and saw the tent and set up she uses... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I decided to travel to Fairbanks alone to view the Aurora Borealis. It was a bucket list trip. I called Mary Shields to see if she had any spaces available. She did! I'm so glad that I made the call. I could have listened to Mary's stories all day! She's engaging, warm, funny and inspirational. Calling it a "tour" is... More 

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Astoria, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Mary's home is an enchanting place - a cozy Alaska-style cabin nestled in the spruce woods right outside of Fairbanks, with a dog yard out back for her four amiable huskies. And Mary herself is a wonderful storyteller who also happens to be a living legend. This tour is very relaxed: not especially active, it includes a "meet and greet"... More 

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