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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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What a wonderful surprise. What an amazing woman.

This was a planned event on behalf of my sister-in-law as part of our family trip to my brother's wedding. I had no idea what to expect, It was such a delightful visit to hear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was a planned event on behalf of my sister-in-law as part of our family trip to my brother's wedding. I had no idea what to expect, It was such a delightful visit to hear about her stories of the iditarod, the Yukon Quest and her Siberian race. We also got to meet the dogs, see her equipment and be... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had an amazing time at Tails of the Trail. Hands down, the best "tourist" attraction I've gone to with visitors. Listening to Mary Shields share her stories of being the first woman to cross the finish line of the Iditarod in 1974, life in Alaska, and life out on the trail was such a treat. Very personal visit, delicious... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We loved this visit with Mary and her sled dogs, she made us feel right at home, like we were chatting with a friend about her experiences. The 3 Puppies made it even more special. We learned so much about dog mushing, from winter camping and sledding to the ididarod and her experiences dog sledding in Siberia. Topped off with... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was one of my favorite things in the Fairbanks area. Mary is so welcoming and extremely interesting. She was - and is - an adventurous, independent woman who so clearly loves her dogs. Hearing her stories about how she came to be in Alaska, completing the Iditarod, raising and training her dogs, etc. were all great to hear. The... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We booked this time with Mary Shields based on the high ratings TripAdvisor folks gave her. We were NOT disappointed! She has history, personality, sled dogs, even some coffee and cookies. We were guests in her log home (she said she had shaved each of the many logs when she built the home), so you know that Princess and Holland... More 

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Canon City, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My parents and sister came to visit me here in Fairbanks, and we scheduled a visit with the legendary Mary Shields (the first woman to complete the Iditarod sled dog race!!) This was a wonderful experience with very friendly dogs! We were lucky to visit while she has puppies too!! Mary is such a sweet woman, full of knowledge of... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is one of the most favorite activities we did on our trip to Alaska this summer. Mary Shields is a welcoming and interesting person. Loved all the stories of her life. She is a real trailblazer. Mary was the first woman to finish the Iditarod. She shared her experiences living in Alaska and training her dogs. The dogs are... More 

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Bakersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

From the time you call on the phone, and she, Mary Shields, answers herself, until the time you find you have to say goodbye to her sitting at her dining room table, you will experience a real living humble, witty, courageous, and knowledgable, Alaskan treasure. Mary, the first woman to complete the grueling 1000 mile dogsled race called Iditarod, in... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Mary is a legend. She was the first woman who completed the iditarod. She let us visited her garden, told us her stories, played with her dogs, and treated us with delicious wild blue berry brownies and tea/coffee. The most lovely part is one of her huskies just had three puppies. We were able to have a chance to hold... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A unique opportunity to meet an amazing woman. Her generosity of time and storytelling is special, and her patience with the children as she led them through the dog pen and Iditarod camp was bountiful. Highly recommend!

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