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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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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...more
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Our group of five adults wanted to learn more about sled dogs but without all the touristy hype. Our visit with Mary and her dogs provided that and more. We learned about vegetable gardening in Alaska, met her dogs (and we all got our dog...More

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2012

If having family visit was like having you visit, I'd invite all my cousins to come up for a reunion. I'm glad you found what you were looking for in my tour, I strive to give a sincere presentation and no be "touristy" My dogs...More

Reviewed 12 August 2012

Found Mary's tour in the Fairbanks Visitor guide and thought we'd try something different tour wise. Mary was very welcoming into her home, is Very hospitable, informative and knowledgable about dog mushing and her stories were fun to listen to. Meet and greet with the...More

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Dear Bassgtrgod, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your review.Your generous comments are appreciated, and I remember exactly what day you were here, because I served watermelon only one morning. And why this day.?.. yes, as I recall that was the...More

Reviewed 12 August 2012

Mary Shields--you are a remarkable woman. I learned so much about sled dogs during my time in Alaska--I visited several museums, took the Riverboat Tour, stopped by the Yukon Quest 'shop' downtown, etc., but non of these experiences compared to the few hours I was...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Special Agent Kim, Should I be writing in code? Thank you for your recommendation to other travelers, encouraging them to check out my tour. Coming from one who is specially trained to notice details, your review makes me think I am succeeding in my comunication....More

Reviewed 10 August 2012

I have been going through an illness for the past year in a half and it has been tough on my family. We needed a sweet get away for a day. I can not tell you how great it was for my family to go...More

Date of experience: August 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2012

Thank you Scakes, I enjoyed meeting your family and I'm glad it was a positive experience for all of you. YOU ARE RIGHT, this little patch of the boreal forest is very peaceful and healing. I look forward to sharing it with you again in...More

Reviewed 9 August 2012

Our multigenerational family of 7 had a blast with Mary. She made us feel right at home. Mary shared her wonderful sled dogs, her garden, and her Alaskan story with us like we were old friends. What a great afternoon!More

Date of experience: August 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2012

And what an honor it was for me to welcome your family.. i got to share my "family" of dogs with you and you showed me what a lovely and loving family of humans is all about I don't have such a human family my...More

Reviewed 3 August 2012

A true highlight of our trip to Alaska. Of all the wonderful experiences in our ten day trip,the evening with Mary reigns as the most delightful and authentic "peek" into a genuine Alaskan life style. We spent three hours enjoying her garden, her four-legged family...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2012

Thank you John G,, I am happy you and your grandson enjoyed the"peek" into my life. We humans learn from each others stories,."that's how we take care of each other' as Barry Lopez said in his children's book, Crow and Weasel." Your grandson is a...More

Reviewed 3 August 2012

My husband, two daughters in their twenties and I found Mary through Trip Advisor and decided to visit her and her wonderful dogs. Words cannot describe her beautiful log cabin, bountiful garden and unique family....her dogs. From the moment you arrive Mary treats you like...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2012

Dear Lalafish, You just made my day and it's only 7:30. I trust your entire Alaskan experience will be something you never forget. Alaska ,the beauty ,strength and challenges get into your spirt and come to your aid just when you need a little help...More

Reviewed 31 July 2012

My husband and I spent a delightful morning with Mary and the team at her beautiful log cabin home during our visit to Alaska! Mary's tour was number 1 on our list of things to do and stands out as the very best time we...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2012

Sharon G. of Texas, thank you so much for your blessing.As you know, my "family" is very loving;.slobbery kisses and wag-wag-wags and all, but in my own little way I try to love the visitors who take a chance on my tour..."love" you may say...More

Reviewed 28 July 2012

My husband and I took our 7 year old granddaughter to Fairbanks for a week. Our last excursion was to visit mary Shield and her huskies. I was certain this would be her favorite part of the trip so we saved it for last. I...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2012

Thank you Nonna and Katie, I remember you two, I believe you sat to my right when we gathered around the table. . Katie you were such a good listener and your questions were thoughtful I remember you told me your were going to write...More

Reviewed 27 July 2012

This tour is a YES!!! Mary is welcoming opening her home and life on the trail to us. Her dogs, garden and log cabin home are a not to be missed experience! She will share her life and spell bound you with the stories of...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2012

Thanks Tina, for your review and for mentioning I spoke for my hopes for the future. I love Alaska and the opportunities I've been given here and I do hope and work so these same experiences are available for young women and men for many...More

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crenwick46
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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
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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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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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