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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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If you really want to talk to a person who has a personal history of the Iditarod and loves her dogs...lives the true homestead life and has for years...you just found her. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you really want to talk to a person who has a personal history of the Iditarod and loves her dogs...lives the true homestead life and has for years...you just found her. This lady is special...has a special story and a sweet spirit about her. Enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Mary Shields' dog sledding presentation at her home was like "comfort food"--homey and filled with her knowledge of training sled dogs, winter camping, and competing in the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and Hope 91 Siberian sled dog races. She introduced us to her friendly dogs and opened her home to us where we sat around her kitchen table to taste her... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

What a great story Mary has to tell. I booked this as a surprise for my family while we were in Fairbanks at the end of our cruise tour. The seven of us spent about two and a half hours with Mary, seeing her garden, visiting with the dogs, and hearing her story of the Iditarod and her time in... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you love dogs, here is a visit you won't want to miss. If you want a role model for girls, spend time with Mary as she describes her experience as the first woman to run the Iditarod--all of this visit taking place at her home. What a warm and engaging person.

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Espanola,NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is a must do for anyone visiting Fairbanks! Mary is very genuine and has much to share with visitors about her Iditarod experiences, and life in Alaska. We were with a tour group, and she was able to accommodate all of us.

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Prairieville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Both my husband & I thought this was probably the best money we spent in Alaska! Miss Mary was so personable, warm, and engaging. Truly a remarkable woman. Her tales of the Iditarod, life as a young woman in Alaska, and her dogs were simply captivating. Because we arrived a little late, she took some extra time with us after... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Lovely lady, neat log cabin, fabulous handmade furniture and artistic touches. Huskies were interesting and especially liked how they were trained to jump on their little log cabin houses and wait for the command to come visit. Cute! Loved her stories, gardens and history lessons told in an entertaining manner. Tea time was fun and bought several of her books... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Me and my wife Federica went to Mary's house during our week in Alaska. We were on our honeymoon and spent our best time there. Mary is a wonderfull person with so much story to tell that we could spend the entire week just listening to her words. The dogs are so sweet, and we hope Frosty's puppy has born... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

With a free day in Fairbanks as part of a business trip, I started looking for an opportunity to connect with locals, learn something about an aspect of culture in Alaska, and, frankly, get a fur fix. My visit with Mary Shields was all of that and more. Do you want to hear about the experiences of a young woman... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We had a day extra in Fairbanks while we waited for our land/cruise to start, and I found this listed on TripAdvisor and highly rated. So we booked it from our home in Tallahassee, Florida. I must say that on our three-week trip from Fairbanks to Vancouver, only Denali National Park moved me as much as meeting Mary and hearing... More 

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Address: Address: 2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone Number: 907-455-6469
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks

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