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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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Address: 2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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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What an Awesome Woman!

When we were planning our trip to Alaska, I found this on TripAdvisor, and knew that we had to go. Mary is such an interesting and hospitable woman. She takes her time and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mary loves what she does. She has lovely Dogs and puppies to cuddle. She tells her life Story around an open fire place and in her cosy home as well as the Story of her riding the Iditarod. If you love to listen to stories, this is the perfect place to be. You cannot ride with the huskies though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we were planning our trip to Alaska, I found this on TripAdvisor, and knew that we had to go. Mary is such an interesting and hospitable woman. She takes her time and explains what the Iditarod is (I had no idea), and invites you into her home (which is a beautiful log cabin that she built) just as if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Fairbanks for a long time, but somehow had never gone to Mary Shields' Tails of the Trail. With a friend who was visiting from England to run the Equinox Marathon, who had an interest in sleddogs and mushing, I finally got to experience what I had heard so many good things about. Now I deeply regret having... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended by the visitor's center and it was great. Mary is a gem and her hospitality was refreshing. I was mostly interested in getting some Puppy Time (Mary happen to have a litter, 6 weeks old), but we both came away with much more appreciation of the commitment required to participate in the Iditarod, and we learned so... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary is awesome and shared a lot of her stories. We had a great time with all the cute husky puppies and adult huskies. My heart was melting when the puppies running jumping at you. It was a wonderful way to start a day. We howled with the dogs and had a great conversation. Thank you Mary for the wonderful... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you'll meet Mary Shields, the first woman to finish the two long distance sled dog races in Alaska-the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Mary introduces herself as you arrive and takes you into her home to pass a wonderful evening of videos and talks. She serves home made refreshments and tells you what it is like to live in... More 

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mary was a wealth of information. Understanding her personal Alaskan history, the environment, the dogs, the trail experiences made a complete picture for me. Her love for the environment, her dogs and mushing was very evident. At the same time, Mary was one of the most personable, welcoming folks we met during our 14 days in Alaska. I am so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mary Shields is a wonderfully entertaining host! Our scheduled 2 hour visit stretched into almost 3 and we hated to leave even then. Despite dealing with some physical limitations during our visit she made our time with her worth every penny. She is a wealth of information regarding dog mushing and life in Alaska in general. Her place is a... More 

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Exmouth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic and memorable morning with Mary and her beautiful dogs. Mary keeps you entertained with her stories of doing the Iditrod and Yukon Quest as well as her adventure to Russia. As well as how her and her husband built their cosy log home accompanied with cuppa tea and home made biccies. Yum! The best bit of course... More 

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Exmouth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As one wanders the planet one meets a variety of souls; this morning we met a quiet, shining gem. Mary is warm, kind & heartily genuine. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting her dogs & puppies (...that Chunky Monkey snuck into a place in my heart). Interesting & inspirational, a woman who lives fully with Nature, and shares with you from the... More 

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