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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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Awesome and Informative 2.5 hours!

We participated in several excursions during our 13 day land and sea tour of Alaska. This was one... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
kbrady212
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Matthews, North Carolina
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My daughter and grandchildren and I recently had a wonderful visit with Mary Shields. Her... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We participated in several excursions during our 13 day land and sea tour of Alaska. This was one of our group's favorite few hours. Mary Shields opens her home and her land up for an intimate presentation of her life in Alaska and how she...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My daughter and grandchildren and I recently had a wonderful visit with Mary Shields. Her explanations and stories about mushing throughout her life were interesting and inspirational. It was great fun to meet the dogs and have an opportunity to interact with them. It was...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second visit with Mary, our first being 4 years ago and we were not disappointed!! When we decided we were coming back to Fairbanks, Tails of the Trail was first on our list of to-do things. She is such an inspiring woman,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment we approached the house and we're greated by a big, friendly sled dog we knew we were in for a special visit. Walk into Mary's 1 room log cabin ...it's not the way you are picturing it....and smell fresh baked goods,"have a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great dogs. It was great meeting up with Mary Shields - the first woman to complete the iditarod. She was great in narrating the whole experience and her dogs are so well trained and well mannered and it was a treat.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon Mary Shield's tour quite by accident and are so glad we did. We wanted to visit a Husky Kennel but our schedule didn't work with the 'big' (tour organized) kennels. Lucky us! This was by far the most interesting, and informative visit...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mary Shields name stands tall in local lore. She has participated in and produced film and books relating to life in Alaska, and working dogs. Educated and articulate, as well as personable, Mary holds the keys to a successful life in the forest, and many...More

Thank Cllark W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderful time listening to Mary talk about her dog sledding experiences, visit her dogs, and learn more about life in Alaska. It was a wonderful time in a beautiful setting (her home & garden)! Thank you so much Mary!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mary shares her life story with you and you will be amazed! Her love and admiration for her dogs and mushing are genuine. You will see her dogs and watch how they interact together with each other and her. We were met by one of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came to Alaska for my daughters High School Graduation and Birthday. We went on 4 dog tours and Mary's was our favorite. She is such a kind, authentic, woman. Her tour was personal with her house, garden, and amazing story. The time with her...More

Thank Hope R
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crenwick46
March 1, 2017|
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Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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JohnI7653IE
July 13, 2015|
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
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pushpasss
June 18, 2015|
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Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.
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