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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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entertaining, informative and educational.

Mary is an icon of the Mushing world! She has done it all when it comes to Mushing, From rac ing to... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2011
Marilyn H
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Boon, MI. USA
Visiting Mary Shields-A Delightful Look into Life in Alaska

Mary Sheilds is a dog lover, musher, author, gardener, birder, and an independent woman who... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2011
Martha G
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Batavia, Illinois
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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 6 December 2011

Mary is an icon of the Mushing world! She has done it all when it comes to Mushing, From rac ing to treking cross country with her dogs and camping with them in some of the worst possible weather. If you have never had the...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2011

Mary Sheilds is a dog lover, musher, author, gardener, birder, and an independent woman who graciously invites you into her life and home on this extrordinary opportunity to experience Alaska. I would encourage anyone visiting Fairbanks to make this a must stop on their itinerary.

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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We began our Alaska Cruise Tour with a trip north of the Arctic Circle. Returning to Fairbanks we stopped at Mary Shields' Tails of the Trail because she promised good stories and cookies. Included in her story telling was a trip to the dog pen....More

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Reviewed 29 November 2011

As dog lovers and champions of brave, independent women, my traveling companion and I were exited about visiting Mary Shields and meeting her wonderful dogs. The experience far exceeded our expectations. Mary welcomed us into her home, shared her fascinating history and allowed us to...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Mary's warm, gracious manner welcomes you in to share her life in Alaska. Mary is an amazing woman with an amazing story to tell. We learned about her kennel, her dogs, her experiences racing, her garden, her home, her writing. She served us delicious homemade...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2011

The tour was varied, comfortable and informative - one of the highlights of our trip. We played with the dogs, visited a camp and heard from Mary while being served refreshments in her home. Someone had told her that it was my birthday(84th) and she...More

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2011

Thank you Betty, I appreciate your kind words. It was my pleasure to share my Alaskan mushing life with you. Come back in the winter and see the best season of all. Happy Trails, Mary Shields

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Reviewed 8 September 2011

A short drive to Mary Shields' sled dog camp was simply wonderful. We got to go into her dog pen area and her dogs were well behaved and totally responsive to her commands. We were fortunate to be her only clients (due to travel schedule)...More

3  Thank Patricia M
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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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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
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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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