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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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...
with Tanya Carlson, Haines' excellent Tourism Director, hosting the event.  Local restaurants catered the party with delicious finger foods to munch on and drinks available for purchase.  The venue was held at the (very cool) Bald Eagle Foundation Museum.  Live Owls and a Hawk greeted us while we snacked and mingled before entering the Natural History Room for the "Night of Tourism".  
Tanya greeted everyone and talked about Haines being a little piece of heaven on earth and how one business's success is success for all of Haines. How we need to be united in our efforts and learn to work together for the greater good of Haines.  
Karen Hess - Chilkat River Adventures
Jet Boat Tours
Stan Jones - Valley of the Eagles
Golf Course


John Svenson - Extreme Dreams
Fine Art
Annette Smith - Fort Seward
Vacation Rentals
There was an excited energy in the air because each tour company/business got to stand in front of the crowd and give a 1 minute spiel about their product..... or that excitement could have been because the "Gold Rush Alaska" crew was in the house! It was like having celebrities attend.  Of course, Haines is a great place to be a celebrity because people here are pretty private and they play it cool around big wigs, they give them their space, that is.....everyone gave them their space but me. 

Fred, Chris, Jim, ?, Me, Todd, New Guy, Parker Schnabel, Jack
Dakota Fred
 I was the obnoxious "Gold Rush Alaska Fan" who wouldn't quit taking photos and video of them.  They were all very kind, maybe even a little shy at the attention, but they let me take their picture and they even signed a Gold Rush Alaska photo for me, upon request.  (See first picture on this blog)
Dakota Fred and Todd Hoffman were the "guest of honor" speakers for the evening.  Dakota Fred introduced himself as a happily married man of 42 years.....it just took him 3 women to do it (everyone cracked up).  Fred then spoke about mining and how we wouldn't have the conveniences of modern living without miners.  Cars, cell phones, computers, you name it, our modern luxuries are brought to us because of mining. 
Todd Hoffman
Todd Hoffman spoke next.  Todd introduced his Dad, Jack, and then told us how "Gold Rush" came to be.  He is the actual creator of "Gold Rush Alaska". The idea came when they were trying to figure out a way to pay for the fuel.  He said he doesn't always get along with Fred but he agreed with what he said about mining, "if you don't like miners then you should quit using cars and computers". 
Todd said there are around 6 or 7 million viewers (including DVR folks) on Friday night watching Gold Rush Alaska.  More men watch Gold Rush Alaska than NBA Basketball.  He said, "Discovery Channel doesn't quite know what to do with us Hillbillies from Sandy Oregon...but they signed us for season 2, and they sold out 19 episodes".  
Todd thanked Haines for its generous kindness.  He said he enjoyed getting to know Parker and John Schnabel.  They really helped them out, lending them things, giving assistance.  Todd ended by saying, "Haines needs to get rid of the differences and ban together, be strong and vote for the small business".  
Their lips were sealed on what is planned for the next season of "Gold Rush Alaska", but it sounded like they have already been out at Porcupine Creek working.  
In closing, Tanya gave us, "... a friendly reminder that the Gold Rush Alaska mining area is a closed set, they are filming all the time so people can not go out there, also for safety reasons.  So don't send your friends out (to Porcupine Creek), have them....". 
Todd, Joe O. - Rainbow Glacier Adventures Owner (my boss),
& Jack
"Send them to Rainbow Glacier Adventures instead, we will take them out to Porcupine", Joe Ordonez chimed in  (everyone laughed).  











  
Money Shot - Dakota Fred & Todd Hoffman duking it out
Me & Jack Hoffman
Parker Schnabel with the Gold Rush Guys;
New Guy, Jim and Chris
Todd, Joe O., Me, Jack
Buckshot & Bobby Pins Owner, Kristine Harder
& Fred
Hudson Hoffman (Todds son) & I
Is it me or does he seem extremely out of control excited?
Joe Ordonez with the Gold Rush Alaska Miners
Me with the Hoffmans

Dakota Fred & me (he is a sweetheart)
Todd & me (our eyes were red so I had to black them
out. Now we look like vampires....Gold Rush Twilight)
Hudson goofing off with Fred's glasses
Todd & Dave Olerud chatting behind
Jim chowing down
Dakota Fred with Dave Olerud - Founder of the Bald Eagle Foundation 
Me & Chris 
Kristine surrounded by men....whats new?


Told ya.....I took alot of photos
Greg skipped out before i could get him, darn it.
I have video too...for youtube someday

6 comments:

  1. WOW - excitement in Haines, Alaska. Good blog Holly - makes me want to come up and get in the action. I know the nuggets are just laying around for me to pick up and I can use the $$ - This blog is a nugget also & I will continue to follow you - keep up the good work - give us more, more more.

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  2. awesome, thanks for the pics.

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  3. I visited Haines in the summer of 2009 and absolutely loved it! I live in North Pole/Fairbanks, and it was my first visit. (http://susanstevenson.com/blog/2009/08/haines-aug-vacation-part-2-of-5/) I definitely plan to come back someday soon! I just found this blog today and I'll be adding it to my list of AK blogs to follow.

    Susan

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  4. Wonderful stuff! I really love Haines... been there twice. Also HUGE fan of Gold Rush on Discovery... eager to find out all I can about the 2nd season! Keep up this blog... awesome!
    Dave

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  5. Wow i really want Dakota freds autograph!

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    1. Hey, You know what? Come up on a gold tour this summer and I bet you will have good luck in getting it.

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