|Spectacular Views of the Dalton Trail|
|Dandelions in bloom - they may be weeds but they are sure pretty|
We visited 16 yr old Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine...
where their operation is in full swing. Parker explained the workings of the "grizzly" and "jig" while we stood beside the raging Porcupine Creek.
|Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine|
|Grizzly, Jig and Trammel talk - keys to getting placer gold|
Parker brought each of us a pan and a bag of dirt so we could try our luck. Soon everyone was working the pan like pros and after a bit you could hear the holler of delight as they glimpsed gold in the bottom of their pan! Everyone was thrilled to find $20 to $30 dollar nuggets in their pan! Parker is a great gold host.
|Parker Schnabel with an ounce of gold|
over $1500.00 in US dollars
|Gold Panning at Porcupine|
|Judy & Louise catching Gold Fever|
Parker, of course, is a pro.....so he found a bit more in his pan. We were all smiles as we said our good byes to Parker and Big Nugget Gold Mine. We made a last stop by Porcupine Creek where a veranda and chairs are available to sit and take in the gorgeous views of the mountains and creek......oh, and the Discovery Channel's hit TV Show, "Gold Rush: ALASKA".
|Discovery Channel's, "Gold Rush: ALASKA" mine in Porcupine Creek|
Their gold mine operation is right there and visible for a sneak peak at the happenings on the site. You can't see their set up from the main road, they have it blocked off to visitors. The only way to view their mine is on the Schnabel's land, as they are neighbors with the Porcupine Creek in the middle.
|Road Closed to the Gold Rush Alaska gold mine where|
Dakota Fred and crew are getting GOLD
We had 3 tours go out for our starting week of the Gold Rush to Porcupine Tour. Gold Fever was contagious with many saying they want to come back for more gold panning. They also said they would check out Discovery Channel's TV show next season as Parker Schnabel is being filmed more often this summer and may become a little celebrity himself. He is such a cute kid, he deserves all the success in the world!
|I made sure I got a photo with Parker next to Porcupine Creek|
I'll have him autograph it, cause he is gonna be a STAR -
and quite possibly a gold mining heart throb for the gals!
|Really neat photo opportunity's of old buildings at the historic Porcupine|
City of 1898 to 1905 era
|Gold Panning at Porcupine Creek|
|Young Stella catching gold fever with an|
ounce of the yellow pay dirt
|Judy is giddy with GOLD|
|Robyn is a happy and successful gold panner|
|I couldn't resist being a rebel at the road block to the Gold Rush Alaska|
|Fans of the TV show were excited to get a peak at the location|