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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 38 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 we'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.See you this summer? « less
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Fairfield, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was our first visit to Alaska and we had the good fortune of attending Fur Rondy and the start of the Iditarod before traveling to Fairbanks and attending mushing school. Once in Fairbanks we were honored to have the opportunity meet one of the mushing legends, Mary Shields, the first woman to complete the iditarod. She brought to life... More

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It is very interesting for me to see Mary's different life compare to mine and my friends'; we are the city people. I am a dog lover so I enjoyed the time playing with Mary's dogs. I felt so lucky that I called the day before I went and Mary still had spots left for us. We learned so much... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Oh, what a wonderful experience to meet and talk with Mary and share time with her beloved dogs! I'm sure that Mary must have told her story countless times, but I felt as if I was catching up with a dear old friend and she was sharing her life for the first time. And the chance to spend some special... More

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Corvallis, Oregon, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Our program had arranged this visit for us. I was excited to learn more about mushing, how dogs are chosen and trained and to interact with the dogs. I was completely caught off guard to realize that we would be spending the afternoon in the company of Mary Shields and her amazing sled dogs and would spend time with her... More

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Bonaire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

A visit to her and her husky's provided a wonderful afternoon's foray into a different way of life. She's so eager to share her stories, insights, and answer questions, as well as stuff you full of excellent home baked goods and coffee. She gave excellent insights into what going out into the wilderness mushing entails, the care of the dogs... More

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Orange County, CA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I found myself heading back to Fairbanks, this time to enjoy it in the winter. My wife and I were bringing some friends along who had never been. We had to bring them to meet Mary. Her stories and sense of humor as as warm and wonderful as I remember. Of course the dogs are always happy to greet guests.... More

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Pasadena, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Mary is truly an Alaskan Icon...an American Icon! My husband and I were both so moved and so impressed by this woman's story, her history, her dogs, her experiences, her presence....we left in tears! Truly the BEST of our trip so far....absolutely the very best couple of hours we have spent since arriving here in Fairbanks. I feel honored and... More

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Pokolbin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Enjoyed the 2 ½ hours with Mary in her home. Met her dogs. Learned much about 'mushing' and living in Alaska. So much more 'real' than most tourist venues. Highly recommend it.

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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I love Mary's story of building her own cabin and the Iditarod adventure with her dog team. It's just impressive when I listened her story and realized how amazing and free-spirited this lady is. She's a truly dog and nature lover. I am inspired her so much and have learned to appreciate life more than ever before.

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Shingle Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I knew Mary when I lived in Fairbanks for twenty years in the 70s and 80s in Goldstream Valley. I returned for a visit and a bit of nostalgia in 2003 and we decided to attend her 'Tails of the Trail' experience to recapture and reacquaint. Her gracious nature and gentle care of her dogs and kennel, coupled with her... More

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPRECIATION OF THE AUTHENTICITY of my tour. The "real deal" is what my guests seems to want the most and I agree with them. This is no Disney Land, this is my real life and it is my pleasure to share it with you. I will always do all I can to make each visit as... More

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