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Saturday, December 22, 2012

John Schnabel loves the Big Nugget Mine Calendar

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.

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. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012


HOWDY FOLKS - Tour Guide Holly here...

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

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.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Big Nugget Mine Calendar Up For Grabs

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

 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.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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

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.
 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!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

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 where a young couple was hanging out, taking photos of the scenery and each other.  I set up the telescope next to them and we all watched a Bald Eagle feeding her new eaglets in their huge nest. 

I told my cruise guests and the young couple that Deer Rock is a special spot for me because it is where I got married to Pizza Joe in 2010.  

I told them how Speedy the Bear brought her cubs to Deer Rock, causing a 30-minute delay to my wedding.  Joe, my guest, jokingly offered to marry the young couple but they declined. 
The girl spoke with a thick accent,
“No, I just met him yesterday on the ferry”
We could tell they wanted their privacy so Joe, Fred, & I left them at the rivers edge, collected the scope, and walked back up the path to the road.  The sides of the path are lined with berry bushes that are taller than me at 5ft 6in.  I cautioned the men not to step in the bear scat on the path, noting that bears like the area. 
Right on cue, as I got up to the roadside a brown bear stepped out from the bushes of the hill near my bus across the street.  He walked onto the road and toward the front of my bus, sniffing at the doors as he headed away from me (approximately 150 ft away). 

I was standing by the passenger door of the young couple’s SUV.  Keeping their SUV as a shield between the bear and myself I hollered in a deep, low voice,
I was loud enough for my guests and the young couple at the rivers edge to hear me.  I also got the attention of the brown bear (Grizzly) that jerked his head around to look straight at me.  Normally it is a good idea to let a bear know you are there, then they will walk away from you.  This bear did the opposite; he forgot about my bus and turned around, heading straight toward me!

I backed up a few steps, keeping my eyes on him over the hood of the SUV.  I opened the back seat door of the young couple’s vehicle.  I told my guests we would need to get in their vehicle for protection.  They ignored my suggestion and walked behind me to the back of the vehicle for protection.  Joe told me later he could see by the look on my face I was terrified. 
He tried helping me by yelling at the man and woman more severely,
“Get your asses up here a bear is coming!” 
Hearing the urgency in Joe’s voice the young couple hurried up to us.  They did not understand what he was yelling since English is not their first language.  The bear made it to the middle of the road, continuing to head our way. When the man and woman got to the SUV the young man slammed the door I had opened shut, looking at me angrily…like I was trying to steal something of theirs.  He hadn’t seen the bear yet because of the high bushes.  But when he saw the fear on my face he turned to see what I was looking at.  He took a huge breath and stepped back beside me, his girlfriend stood behind us with my guests.  The bear kept walking straight toward us.
Then he got distracted, looking at the other side of the vehicle he stopped about 10 feet from the front of the SUV’s hood….like he didn’t know which side of the vehicle he wanted to walk around.  I glanced behind me and couldn’t believe it when I saw one of my guests had walked to the other side of the vehicle and was peeking at the bear.
I yelled, “Get back over here, there is safety in numbers!” 
He obeyed and the five of us huddled tight against the SUV; with me and the young man standing in front of the group.  That is when the bear started walking again, to our side of the vehicle!  He watched us carefully as he walked to the hood and toward us.  I had no idea my heart could pound so distinctly.  I worried the bear could sense my fear and I would become his next victim.  I pointed both my pepper spray and my air horn directly at him.  I said out loud, but to myself,
“ I don’t know which one I should use”. My thumb fumbled over the safety release tab of the pepper spray.
I was told the air horn was not deterring a certain bear at the river lately, so I wondered if this was that bear.  I also know how bad it feels to be pepper sprayed and was not looking forward to feeling that pain again.  Plus, what if the pepper spray makes the bear angry and he goes into a rage.
The bear was now rounding the front of the SUV, face to face with our little group, I had to make a decision and fast…. 
I let ‘er rip!
“BBBLLAAASSSTTTT” Piercing the air…. the horn made us all jump simultaneously, including the bear who bolted forward and diagonal all in one streak lighting movement.  Barely missing us, he shot down the path to the river.  He ran right to the rivers edge where we had been moments ago.  Then he started drinking deeply from the cold glacier water. 
I slowly lowered my bear fighting tools and we all started breathing again.   In a shocked voice Joe exclaimed,
“Wow….he is fast!”
Fred asked, “Where can we change our pants?”

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gold Nuggets are being Panned at Big Nugget Mine

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.   

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!

(Photos removed from blog because they were being copied and put on questionable sites)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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

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!  

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!