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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Friday, August 12, 2011

It takes a Leap of Faith to Pan for Gold at Porcupine Mine

A couple of ounces of gold recovered from Big Nugget Mine on Porcupine Creek
With gold sky rocketing over $1700 an ounce recently, our Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek Tour is starting to be more than mere entertainment to our tour guests.  Even small gold nuggets are worth something. Young and old, People want gold!
John Schnabel telling young prospectors; Mike, Farris, Errol and Matt how to pan for gold.

I have become a pretty good gold panner since I get to show tour groups how to pan for gold almost every time we visit Big Nugget Mine at Porcupine Creek.  In fact, I became a little over-confident about my gold panning technic and lost my gold in the water trough on one of my tours.  My happy tour guide persona quickly vanished and was replaced by a gold fever lunatic who just lost their fortune.  I rolled up my sleeves...