I'm Holly Jo, I was the "Gold Girl" tour guide the last 3 years at Porcupine Creek in Haines, AK. Two years at John & Parker Schnabel's Big Nugget Gold Mine and one year at Dakota Fred's Porcupine Creek Gold Mine. Not sure what I will be doing this year as the Gold tours at Porcupine Creek are not offered any more...and I kinda got fired.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

First Cruise Ship Day in Haines Alaska

Tourism Director, Tanya Carlson - Mayor Jan Hill - Tour Operator, Adam Patterson
Enjoying the new look of Haines as they wait to greet Cruise Ship guests
We did it! The first Cruise Ship Day in Haines was a big success.  Southeast Roadbuilders, who were constructing our new Bus Parking Lot and Restrooms worked their little hearts out till 2am on Cruise Ship day and completed a large majority of it.  It is pretty amazing what people can do under pressure.  It will be a great addition to Haines.  We are steadily giving this pretty little town a much needed face lift.  
Don't get me wrong, the natural Haines doesn't need any help at being beautiful.  It is the folks who live here that need to work hard at making our...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just in the Nick of Time

Oh, oh, what a feeling! To drive.....a tour bus (sang to the tune of the old Toyota commercial). 
I passed my dreaded driving test and can now get a Commercial Drivers License.  Whoopee - I'm so stoked!  I have been studying the last two months.  This is not child's play my friend.  The CDL is the hardest thing I have ever studied to get. This is coming from a gal who received a Correctional Officer certification - think pepper spray in the face and defense training for 3 weeks, and was Flight Attendant certified - think Jump, Jump, Jump, out and down the emergency escape slide - one month, non-paid (did it twice).  
I passed just in the nick of time.  Haines will have our first Cruise Ship for the season,

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Guides Choice" in Haines Alaska with Photographer Tom Ganner

Port Chilkoot Dock Restrooms
and parking lot under construction
Here is a quick update on what Gold Rush Alaska is up to.  The film crews are following local high schooler, Parker Schnabel, around Haines High School today.  They had all the students sign wavier agreements so they could be put on National Television (if it doesn't get cut on the editing room floor first).  Parker Schnabel will be the Superintendent at Big Nugget Mine...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Night with Gold Rush Alaska in Haines

Haines Tourism Director, Tanya Carlson
The Party has started!  Haines tour season has hit the ground running. We had our first ever "Night of Tourism" this evening.  It was a full house...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Vote for Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek

Parker Schnabel - Me - Joe Ordonez
The Borough Assembly meeting was held at Haines' very own Sheldon Museum last Tuesday evening.  I entered the upstairs gallery to find the owner of Rainbow Glacier Adventures, Joe Ordonez, and Gold Mine owner, Parker Schnabel, signing in to speak about the new tour addition to Haines, "Gold Rush Tour to Porcupine Creek".  Excitement was in the air...