|Haines Tourism Director, Tanya Carlson|
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|
|John Svenson - Extreme Dreams|
|Annette Smith - Fort Seward|
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 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 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),|
|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|
|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