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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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Address: 2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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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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It was not only interesting to meet and learn something about the sleddogs, but Mary had a lot of amazing stories to tell. We loved it.

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Hamburg, Germany

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Carlsbad, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were too late in the season to go sledding, but we had fun with the dogs. Also, Mary has had some great adventures and shares her stories in great fashion. She is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand sledding and adventure in general.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was not only interesting to meet and learn something about the sleddogs, but Mary had a lot of amazing stories to tell. We loved it.

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Upland, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this! I learned so much about the sport of mushing. Honestly though, it was Mary who was the star of the event. Not because she was the first to finish the race, but because her spirit is invigorating. She has just said yes to life, to challenge, to adventure. I left this tour thinking about it all day... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd highly recommend visiting with Mary Shields. What a daring and adventurous lady. Furthermore, Mary exudes such warmth and is willing to talk about many aspects of her life, from mushing to building a cabin. Seeing the huskies was another highlight, they are well loved and enjoy the attention of guests. Don't miss seeing Mary when you're in town.

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Thank R L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was unsure what to expect when we booked this for our last day in Fairbanks. What a special memory to take home with us. Mary was so lovely and was so excited to share some of her mushing experiences with the group. Lots of things to look at, great treats to munch on, and of course many dogs to... More 

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Golden Valley, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mary has the ability to make everyone feel welcome and special, as soon as you walk through her front door. The chance to spend time with someone who is a wonderful story teller, a kind soul, and has such JOY for life, is truly an experience to remember. Can't thank her enough for opening her home to us, sharing those... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With an unbelievably amazing life story and an inspiring unflagging spirit, Mary Shields takes one on her 45+ year history of mushing and life in Alaska. The love is palpable. Her dogs are wonderful ambassadors, mirroring her enthusiasm and love of life. Go, and come away in awe. Ginny G.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Mary welcomed our family to her cabin and customized the experience. Because we had young toddlers (16 month old twins), we could not spend much time outside with her lovely dogs. Instead, we spent the time inside her cabin having cookies she made and coffee/tea while playing with one of her super friendly dogs (aptly named Too-Sweet) and listening to... More 

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Summerville
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I am so fortunate for having met Mary Shields and her wonderful dogs, Smokey, Big Boy, Too Sweet, Frosty, and Chunky Monkey. Mary is an incredible person who tells entertaining and fascinating tales of her experiences in Alaska and as the first woman musher to have completed the Iditarod. A visit to Fairbanks will truly be made better by spending... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Mary Shields' life is like a novel you cannot put down and she will fill you in on the story over just a couple of hours while you fill up with a homemade cake and tea. You will also get to meet her beautiful dogs and learn about dog mushing from her wonderful helper Heather.

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