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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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This is a unique tourist attraction, a personal visit with a retired Iditarod racer. Mary Shields... read more

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Roycal
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Fabulous tour with Mary and her tails. She was an outstanding hostess inviting us into her home... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
lindawinkels
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North Pole, Alaska
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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 yesterday

This is a unique tourist attraction, a personal visit with a retired Iditarod racer. Mary Shields gives you about 2 hrs. at her house with personal recollections, artifacts, and hands-on time with her five remaining (friendly) dogs. (Not to mention freshly made cookies, brownies, fruit...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fabulous tour with Mary and her tails. She was an outstanding hostess inviting us into her home and sharing refreshments and stories. A must do while in Fairbanks.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was fantastic! Anyone near Fairbanks should definitely put Tails on their schedule. Mary's amazing story goes far beyond being the first woman to complete the Iditarod. Very down home and personal. Not your run of the mill canned presentation. Loved the opportunity to interact...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing tour with a very nice woman. I enjoyed seeing her garden, the dogs, & having cookies, watermelon, punch, lemon cake, & strawberries in her kitchen, I would definitely recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing tour with an amazing Woman. Thanks Mary for an unforgettable experience. We will share our journey with others in the lower 48.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mary is the most humble, charming and kind woman we have met in a long time! The love for her dogs is so profound as well as her love of nature itself; she has our ultimate respect for her courage and values in life. Mary...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Mary is truly inspiring. She is a strong woman with many tales to tell. Her welcoming home, cleverly planned garden and her sweet dogs plus the delicious cake and fruits served in her home made this a very special trip. She keeps the groups...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mary is a kind soul with a story tellers heart. You will love her tales, dogs, garden and cabin along with her delicious cookies. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Our visit with Mary and her dogs was our favorite activity on our visit to Fairbanks! We were able to find Mary's home easily with the directions and handy signs posted along the way. Mary made us cookies, and we had tea and coffee while...More

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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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crenwick46
2 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
14 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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