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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

2699 Waldheim Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-455-6469
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Ranked #1 of 41 Activities in Fairbanks
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Mary Shields is the real deal and a great speaker! Mary has a teaching degree. Tails of the Trail is ranked the number one thing to do in Fairbanks for a few years running and it does not disappoint. Tails of the Trails is a personal visit to Mary's charming one bedroom log cabin home that has a wood burning... More

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Rochester, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a must do excursion. Mary Shields presents an insight into her life and her kennel dogs in a warm, homey, very personal visit to her home and garden. She makes every visitor feel comfortable and treasured, as she shares details of her Iditarod experience, details of her personal life in Alaska, and her philosophies. Mary culminates visits by... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Mary Shields was the first woman to complete the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and she has so many exciting tales to share! First we visited her garden to sample snow peas and check out her giant vegetables. Then we entered her dog yard and spent time meeting her very loveable dogs! Too Sweet is my favorite, but all are special.... More

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Campbell River
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Mary Shields became the first woman to complete the 1,049 mile Iditarod sled dog race in 1974 & placed 22nd. On this tour Mary invites you to her log cabin home, garden & to meet her beautiful dogs. She tells of her life on the trails & at home living in Alaska. A wonderful visit which everyone should put on... More

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Palm Beach, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Mary went out of her way to accommodate us, even baking me a birthday cake. Those of us "city girls" who think we're independent will be humbled by her stories. This is the real Alaska, and the indomitable spirit that is in the soul of those who choose to live in it's beauty.

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fairbanks, ak
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We found a brochure at the Visitor's Center in Fairbanks, Alaska that indicated we might get a private tour of a musher's lifestyle and kennel. The cost was more than reasonable at $35 per person. given that this amazing woman cooked brownies for us and shared over 3 hours of her history! We visited with her dogs and learned how... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We spent a delightful afternoon with Mary Shields, 4 of her sled dogs, and 3 of her "foster" sled dogs. Mary spent almost three hours with us talking about her experience as the first woman to race in the Iditarod and her time living in rural Alaska. At age 69 she still spends March of every year in the wild... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Even if you don't want to be a musher this was a very pleasant way to spend part of our vacation. Mary's presentation was most informative, video she showed was also interesting and the Dogs were outstanding . I would highly suggest spending time at her place. Dorothy Sigel...Centennial , Wy.

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Sitka, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Mary Shields has been there and done it. Her log home hospitality makes you feel like a neighbor. Her experience on a 1,200 mile Siberian dogsled run is heart warming. Her description of competing in the early days of the Iditarod and Yukon Quest are fascinating; and comparison of the equipment and mind set of the competitors then and now... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a truly authentic and delightful experience! Mary is a genuine, fasinating, warm person. She invites you into her real log cabin home, built by her and her husband, and sits you around her table and tells you stories about her years of "mushing" and the places she's been and the people she has met. She feeds you brownies and... More

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