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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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Mary- an inspiring woman

Mary Shields was the first woman to compete in the Iditarod race across Alaska with dogs. She is an... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
Hutchl81
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Gaillac, France
A beautiful, moving experience with a unique person

Our visit to Mary Shields surpassed all expectations. It is a remarkable experience that will stay... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Sn0wLe0pard
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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 18 March 2018

Mary Shields was the first woman to compete in the Iditarod race across Alaska with dogs. She is an inspiring woman. Now disabled from her years of competing with dog sleds, she remains undaunted. She provided us with a tour of her kennels where you...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Our visit to Mary Shields surpassed all expectations. It is a remarkable experience that will stay with you forever. You travel to Mary's home and are immediately introduced to Mary herself and Susan, who assists her. We were greeted very warmly and noticed that Mary...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We have attended Mary Shield's Alaskan Tails of the Trail several times and have enjoyed every visit. Mary is warm and welcoming and has so many interesting tales to share with all ages of visitors. Her dogs are fun to be around - happy and...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

We had a wonderful time meeting Mary and learning about her career, dogs, and life in Alaska. Very informative, fun, and interactive! She even took us in when we showed up at her door without reservation (their booking website and phones were down for the...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Miss Mary is an amazing woman who welcomed us into her home to share her life story of dog mushing. She lead an incredible life but still remains humble. Her five Alaskan huskies will make you fall in love! They are all so friendly and...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Mary is a very very nice and lovely person. The tour is so pretty, Mary shared all her amazing and interesting traveling life making her a outstanding people. The dogs are so lovely and sweet i do not wanna to leave them.

1  Thank Zhilong P
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We visited Mary’s lovely house and her dogs a day in our 6-day-trip. Smoky was the cutest “doorman”, who welcomed us when we arrived. Dogs were big, delightful, and friendly. Mary was a talented writer, brave adventurer, and great storyteller. It was joyful when we...More

1  Thank Jasmine Z
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

I love Mary's tour Soo much! She has very nice dogs and very good stories! And very experienced at how to get stucked truck out of the snow 😂 lol. Very recommend!

Thank Yaosen T
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Mary is a wonderful, gracious and thoughtful hostess, I visited her home way back in early October, just before the snow arrived. I had planned to visit a dog mushing tour as there are a few tours advertised. One of Mary's friends, Jane, owner of...More

Thank Stephanie V
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I never write reviews. In fact, I procrastinated 2 months before writing this one, but I just had to tell others how amazing and fun it was to visit Mary Shields. As time goes by I start to forget what I did in Alaska or...More

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crenwick46
1 March 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
13 July 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
18 June 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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