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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 49 Activities in Fairbanks
Owner description: I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly...
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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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A visit to Mary was one of the best experiences of our trip. First, it began with the perfext organization. Mary was so kind to ngive us an extra tour so we were only two. Her cookies are delicious, but it is just an extra treat. The one great thing about Mary is the story of her life because it... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My husband and I had a 3-week 30th wedding anniversary trip scheduled for last July/August and we had one full day in Fairbanks before taking the train to Denali. I think the best the Fairbanks area has to offer is experienced in winter when you can go dog sledding, visit the cool ice sculpture festival and see the Northern Lights.... More 

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Sioux Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The intimate log home with a sod roof and kennel of freight dogs reveals the dog-musher bond and outdoor experience. Author of 6 books, Mary was complimented by several of our group of 23 in the way she expresses herself and explains her lifestyle. Riveting for College Students after playing 3 tough games.

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Delmont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This was terrific! Mary was so inviting, knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed all the stories and meeting the dogs! Even was able to purchase a book she had written. Looking forward to coming back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Saw the dogs. Played with new puppies. Heard great stories. And had cake with a legend! Just do it! Can't spend all night telling you to do this just to fill up 100 characters. We simply can't recommend this enough. Again just do it!

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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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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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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