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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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Wonderful Woman With So Much To Share!

Our visit with Mary Shields was beyond our expectations. Mary has lived an awe-inspiring life and opens her home and her heart to share her memories and the knowledge she has... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our visit with Mary Shields was beyond our expectations. Mary has lived an awe-inspiring life and opens her home and her heart to share her memories and the knowledge she has gained. Mary's home and gardens are beautiful and serene, and we were lucky enough to get to meet (and cuddle!) the newest of her friendly team of sled dogs... More 

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Ijamsville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our group had a fantastic time having a very informative exchange with Mary who welcomed us all (8 in total) as members of her family. Our group of ten total spent some real quality, face-to-face time with Mary and her dogs in learning about her experiences and life's work. It is most heartily recommended to anyone visiting Fairbanks. What a... More 

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Carrollton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Alaskan Tails of the Trail was one of the top highlights of our visit to Alaska. Mary Shields, the first woman to complete the Iditarod, was a rich source of information about dogs and dog sledding, and, what it was like to participate in long distance races. She was a great host, inviting us to explore her homestead and log... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I greatly enjoyed meeting and spending time with Mary at her home. She is so inviting we felt like old friends immediately. Mary is clearly a woman with tremendous inner strength, but it is a quiet strength with grace and humility. Her dogs are awesome and the litter of puppies were a delight to see and hold.... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary Shields opens her home and life to those who visit in a most gracious and welcoming way. She introduces her dogs an even 8 lovely puppies in a respectful and informative manner. To hear first hand, the story of some of the high points and adventures of her life was a privilege I will not forget. It was a... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The absolute highlight of our Alaska adventure. A most charming, gracious host, Mary puts you at ease from the minute you arrive. A genuine Alaska home built by Mary and her husband the location is perfect, quiet and scenic. A published author and first woman to finish the Ididarod she is very knowledgable and has displays of the race lifestyle.... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time listening to Mary in her loghome talk about her races, dogs and life in Alaska. Mary is a warm and caring person full of life and stories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most extraordinary and wonderful visit with the first woman to ever finish the Iditarod, Mary Shields, at her home. She was so gracious, engaging and informative. Do not leave Alaska without visiting with Mary.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were 8 of us on the tour and discussion. Mary had all of us in her home as we sat around her kitchen table. She told us a few of the rules about going into the kennel with the dogs. This was important because one of the female dogs had just had a litter of 7 and they just... 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.Did I really keep you 41/2 hours?? It's true as the summer progresses,i think of more stories that are fun or amazing, stories that share my love of this Alaskan life, and I feel I must tell them, or winter will erase my memory.But 41/2 hours?? Thanks for the heads-up I will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been to the Running Reindeer Ranch and we asked Jane if we should go to a dog sled visit. She said, "Yes, go to Mary's. You will love it".. So we did. We called Mary on the phone and asked if she could add us the next day. She said, "yes" and had us book the reservation on... More 

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