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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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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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The first woman to complete the Iditarod!

We spent 2-21/2 hours with Mary Shields sharing her house, her dogs and her memories. The tour is held inside her house, her garden and her kennels. She is a woman in her early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Douglas, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Imagine sitting in a log cabin in an Alaskan forest, listening to a living part of history (who helped build the cabin) talk with you about learning to live in the wild, raise and train sled dogs. Imagine that she's the first woman ever to complete the Iditarod, and she's patiently, intelligently and articulately explaining what mushers look for in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent 2-21/2 hours with Mary Shields sharing her house, her dogs and her memories. The tour is held inside her house, her garden and her kennels. She is a woman in her early 70's who typifies the Alaskan pioneer spirit. She has a philosophy of life where her relationship with the environment is integral to the way she leads... More 

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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mary is a genuine person and she opens her home and kennels to visitors. I am so glad I found her tour. If you are interested in learning about mushing and meeting some great dogs, this activity is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an incredible morning we spent with Mary and her dogs. Low key and intimate, we spent time in her kitchen eating cake and coffee and listening to stories about mushing, and also got to hang out in the dog yard with all the sled dogs she loves so much. We even got to give the dogs treats and pet... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary loves her "babies" and by the time you leave so do you!!! While we did not get to go "mushing" due to the heat, I was truly impressed with this experience She is passionate about her dogs and her life stories. I was in awe of the things she has done and listened intently to every word she spoke.... More 

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

Yes, the dogs do win people over.. and by association, they like me too! We have been very, very lucky to be in the "right place at the right time" and Dear Alaska has given us experiences that break your heart with beauty and peace in feeling part of the Great Land. I 'm happy you enjoyed your visit. I... More 

Temperance, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Alaska four times. Our fourth time, we went here. Mary was awesome! So friendly! You sit right in her kitchen, as if you're family. We had a LOT of time with the dogs and puppies! Our daughters (17 and 15), my mother-in-law (75), my sister-in-law, myself and my husband all agreed that our visit here was awesome.... More 

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

It was a joy to have your family visit and my dogs say thank you for all the petting and babytalking , all the attention they love. We look forward to your 5th visit to Alaska.. Perhaps this winter to try mushing or just to see the northern lights??? Happy Travels and Thank you for taking the time to review... More 

Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting with Mary Shields is like visiting a relative. She is so warm and welcoming and very generous. We sat and had coffee and cookies at her kitchen table before venturing out to her flower gardens and kennels. Then we came back inside to listen to her stories about camping, dogsledding and life in Alaska. We had such a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my favorite activity while vacationing in Fairbanks Alaska. Mary has a very warm personality and instantly feels like a friend. She is great with kids, and made a point to include my 9 year old son in the discussion. She even let him feed her dogs some treats, which he loved. We learned so much about dog mushing,... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to review my tour.I appreciate and enjoy meeting the lucky kids that get to experience Alaska at an early age. We are all so lucky to feeel the "Last Frontier." More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My brother and his family were in town for a visit and we wanted them to get to learn a little about dog mushing. Mary Shields has been inviting folks into her home and dog yard for many years but her presentation still feels warm and fresh. Her dogs are great friendly balls of energy. This is the type of... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words about my tour.They delight and surprise me as much as the sunshine yesterday, when the weatherperson predicted "showers with possible thunderstorms" I can't figrue out who you are, but it sounds like you or your relatives have been aware of my tour over the years. I have been worried that my current ankle problems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mary Shields is the quintessential Alaskan adventuress. Our visit with Mary was one of the highlights of our land-sea tour to Alaska. From the initial telephone contact with her through an extended visit to her home, Mary proved to be personable, relational, and inspirational. As a family of six spanning three generations and six decades, we were all spell-bound as... More 

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