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, December 22, 2012

John Schnabel loves the Big Nugget Mine Calendar

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I visited John & Irma Schnabel last Saturday night.  They were in high spirits.  John had recently returned from a Bridge Tournament in Whitehorse (4 hours away in the Yukon, Canada).  He said he took 3 and 4th place.  John said they used to be #1 in the tournament but the Whitehorse people have learned too many tricks from them (the Haines people).  John said he would be willing to teach me how to play too.  That would be very cool.

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Well, I enjoyed Gold Rush.  I liked seeing behind the scenes with the cameramen getting in all sorts of trouble.  I was a little sad for Glenn getting reamed on by Parker so hard.  Glenn is so nice.  Parker is the Big Boss though ......you can see it huh.  He is not a boy any more.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for reading.  If you want to write John Schnabel and tell him how wonderful he is you can write to:
PO BOX 149
Haines, Alaska
I think he would love to hear from his fans.

John Schnabel with the Big Nugget Mine Calendar I gave him for Christmas
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Saturday, December 15, 2012


HOWDY FOLKS - Tour Guide Holly here...

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First things first - The Big Winner of my Christmas Card contest is Angie Goodwin from Idaho.
She won :
Big Nugget Mine 2013 calendar,
Parker Schnabel poster (cause he is such a "big stud")
and a John Schnabel greeting card.

Thank you to all my SOC Customers who participated, and CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ANGIE GOODWIN!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

55 OUNCES BABY - Parker Schnabel Wins

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I had a great time watching Parker work super hard and FIND THE GOLD, 55 ounces - YAHOO!!!  It is more enjoyable for me to watch Parker Schnabel make his goals than to watch those poor boys up in the Yukon who can't seem to catch a break.  They work super hard and FAIL FINDING THE GOLD.  Bummer for the Oregon Crew.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Big Nugget Mine Calendar Up For Grabs

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Big Nugget Mine Fans will love this.  

To show my heartfelt appreciation to all my loyal Preferred and Retail Customers and Distributors I am holding a Christmas Card Contest.  This is a simple way to become the winner of the extremely exclusive:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Living and Learning From Our Elders

Haines, Alaska shedding it's winter snow

 I liked all the air time Parker Schnabel received on last nights Gold Rush TV show.  He is a delight to watch because even when things aren't going right he makes it less stressful by saying something like 'I'm on a slippin' slide' when he was bogging down in the mud with his excavator.  Seeing John Schnabel is also a treat.  I read many chats about Gold Rush and everyone is a loyal fan of Grandpa John.  Me too.  He makes me want to give him a big hug every time I see him.  I got a little choked up when he told Parker that he did not want Parker to know what it was like to have someone die from a choice he made.  This tells me that John Schnabel has been through some hard experiences.  Parker is very lucky to learn from Grandpa John.

I took this last year - but it is one of my favorite photos with John Schnabel
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

I am following John & Parker Schnabel on Gold Rush Season 3

Where did you watch Gold Rush Season 3 Premier?  I was in Mesa, Arizona with family.
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I am super excited that Season 3 of Gold Rush is finally here.  I got together with my family in Arizona to watch the season premier.  It is fun seeing Parker Schnabel, John Schnabel, and Porcupine Creek on national television.  Especially since I got to take tour guests to the Schnabel's Big Nugget Mine all summer long to pan for gold nuggets.
Parker Schnabel telling tour guests about Big Nugget Mine
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 I didn't write many blogs about the Gold Rush to Porcupine tour this summer because I had to be careful not to post photos that would "give away" what was happening at Big Nugget Mine, but now that Gold Rush is airing I can post photos after the episode airs and not show things before they happened, right?
I was elated when John Schnabel suggested me as his gold panning tour guide back in 2011.  Rainbow Glacier Adventures ran the gold panning to Big Nugget Mine tours for the Schnabels and hired me as their "Gold Girl" guide.  I am so lucky!
Me & Parker Schnabel on the Gold Rush to Porcupine tour from Rainbow Glacier Adventures
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

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I took Cruise Ship guests, Joe & Fred, out to Chilkoot River on Forth of July evening. 
We stopped at all my favorite spots. When we drove up to the Deer Rock pullout it was already taken by a little SUV, so I pulled over and parked on the hillside of the road.   The three of us walked across the road and down the path to the rivers edge

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hello Haines Alaska Fans!  I have a new blog highlighting our first couple of tours to Big Nugget Mine.  Click on the link below to see photos of guests meeting Parker Schnabel and panning for gold nuggets at Porcupine Creek.

Gold Nuggets are being panned at Big Nugget Mine

I went to Haines, Alaska's 2nd annual Tourism Night on May 9th, 2012 at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. I was happy to see John Schnabel at the event.  He brightens the day with his big smile and contagious laugh.  He was there to listen to his grandson, Parker, who was one of the speakers during the program.   

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Haines Alaska kicked off the 1st tour of the 2012 Season

Hello my friends - This summer I will be posting my HAT blogs about my Gold Rush to Porcupine tours on the website of Rainbow Glacier Adventures. I will add the links to this site when I post them.

Go to the link below to read the story that goes along with these photos of the 1st tour of the 2012 season.

Thank you for visiting!

Me & some Montreal gals pose with Tlingit storyteller Tim Ackerman

Rainbow Glacier Adventures owner Joe Ordonez at Chilkoot River

RGA guide Barb Blood at Sheldon Museum

Picture Point

Lynn Canal at Tanani Bay look out

Rock hopping at Chilkoot River

American Bald Eagles through the scope
(Click to see more photos of the tour)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 Gold Tours to Big Nugget Mine in Porcupine Creek will start June 1st!

Big Nugget Mine - Porcupine Creek - Haines Alaska

Rainbow Glacier Adventures has exclusive access to give tours to one of the most famous gold mines in America right now!  Yep, that's right, The Schnabel's Big Nugget Mine at Porcupine Creek in Haines Alaska!  

The Schnabel's Big Nugget Mine in 2011 - Grandpa John Schnabel
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Grandpa John & his grandson will be searching for the yellow..

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Season is coming soon

We are starting to talk about summer of 2012.  It sounds like the Gold Tours to Big Nugget Mine on Porcupine Creek are a go.  I can't wait to see how much gold the Schnabel Family find this coming season.  It has been fun watching last season on the Discovery Channel.
In real time Parker is playing basketball for our High School Glacier Bears.  They are playing in the Region V Southeast Tournament down in Ketchikan this week.  Many locals have followed them down to support our athletes.  I heard they have been winning! Go Glacier Bears!
If you get to come to Haines Alaska this summer remember to come visit Big Nugget Mine.  The tours will not be sold on the Cruise Ships.  Go to Tourhaines.com and book a tour with Rainbow Glacier Adventures if you are porting in Skagway or Haines....or if your driving through.
Summer will be here before we know it.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Parker Schnabel playing Varsity Basketball for Glacier Bears in Haines Alaska 2012