Welcome to the HAT. This blog is about Holly Jo's life as a Haines Alaska Tour Guide (HAT). Holly Jo is the "Gold Girl" tour guide for Rainbow Glacier Adventures who takes guests to Dakota Fred's Porcupine Creek Gold Mine and other Haines Alaska favorites.

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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..
 pay dirt again this summer.  I can't wait to see how much gold the Schnabel Family will find this coming season.  It has been fun watching last season on TV.  
We took Gold Mine Tours out to Big Nugget Mine last year, where our fascinated guests got to see first hand what it is really like at the Schnabel's Gold Mine on Porcupine Creek.  

Travel Writer, Roy Stevenson & Photographer Linda Popovich
with John Schnabel in 2011 at Big Nugget Mine
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Travel Writer Roy Stevenson came on the tour with his wife, Linda.  He wrote a great article on Haines and told about how our Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek Tour was a highlight of his Haines visit.  He even mentions me!  It is going to be published in a magazine called Lost Treasure later this year.  You can get a sneak peak at the link below.
Reader be warned....you may want to move here after reading this article.



The Good Stuff. ©2012Hollyjo. All Rights Reserved.
If you get to come to or through Haines Alaska this summer remember to go to Tourhaines.com and book the "Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek Tour" with Rainbow Glacier Adventures.

Rainbow Glacier Adventures is not selling the exclusive Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek Tour on the Cruise Ships.  If you are taking a Southeast Alaska Cruise this summer and you are porting in Skagway or Haines then you want to book on line at tourhaines.com or call 907-766-3580 to make reservations.

I am looking forward to guiding the Gold Rush to Porcupine Tour at Big Nugget Mine again.  Hopefully the Schnabel's hit the Mother Lode this summer!

I took a quick kiss - Grandpa John Schnabel is a sweetheart!
©2012Hollyjo. All Rights Reserved.

Summer will be here before we know it.  I try to remember this as we continue to survive our record breaking snowfall of a winter.


For all your unique tour options in Haines or Skagway Alaska contact:


Rainbow Glacier Adventures
P.O. Box 1103
Haines, Alaska 99827
Phone:  907-766-3576
Fax:  907-766-3580

36 comments:

  1. I love the picture of you kissing Grandpa Schnabel. I love him the most of all on the TV show. You just want to take care of him. I can't wait to come up there and go on the tour!!!

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    1. Come on up - He is a fun one to kiss!

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  2. I would like to come from Europe for a season and work with Parker in his mine. That would be great to get some time free from studies and to do something special :)

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    1. Someone told me he is hiring....so maybe you have a chance if you apply.

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    2. my name is William Zaderiko Im an ex underground zinc miner from Tennessee an would love an opertunity to work for a surface mining operation like big nuggett, Parker is a real hard worker AN I WOULD JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO GOLD MINE IN ALASKA...

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    3. Sounds good William. Start talking to the miners up here now for a place on the gold mining team.

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  3. Our group of 4 is booked for June 2012! We are so excited to visit the Big Nugget Gold Mine and are hopeful we will be able to meet a wonderful Schnabel or two!! :)

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    1. Sweet - looking forward to meeting you - we are gonna have some fun!

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    2. Thank you Holly Jo for the best tour of our Alaska, June 2012, family trip! Our time with Parker, the gold we found panning and especially your personal care of us, was the very best experience we had in all tours we made during our trip. The beauty and unspoiled area of Haines was also a refreshing contrast to the other areas so full of retail tourist attractions. We hope to visit Haines again to take time to see all of it's beauty. Please give our sincere thanks to Parker and Mr. John for allowing us to visit their mine and to Parker for the time he allowed us to spend with him.

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    3. Thank you Zadus - I just barely saw this comment. Thank you for the kind words. It was wonderful meeting your family and I do hope you get to come to Haines again. It is a magical place. Thank you again - Holly Jo

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  4. I enjoy the show and become fond of Parker and Grandpa schnable and hope they strike gold. i would love to go to alaska and help parker with the big nugget mine.

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    1. I am fond of them too, glad you are a fan of the show. Keep watching...

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  5. I wanna come up there so bad and mine! The show alone makes me wanna sell everything and mine in Alaska!! Its a beautiful state too!!

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    1. You would not believe how many people did just that. Maybe not to mine...but to experience Alaska.

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  6. Just saw the tour mentioned on the Show......I caught a look at a "wooden sign" with something about RV sites on it? Since we are planning an RV adventure, hopefully next year.....whats the scoop on that? Love the show and would Love to get the tour. Thanks

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    1. Good eye - At one time (approx. 8 years ago) John had an RV camp site and a golf course in the works, as well as a tour. But it never gained momentum....too far off the beaten path and they didn't have a Natl. TV show advertising it's whereabouts. Maybe if he tried it again now days it would not be overlooked travelers.

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  7. Could you tell me...how Grandpa John Schnabel is doing
    after another surgery in hospital? I watched the final
    show Dec. 14th and Parker talked to his Grandpa and he
    told Parker he has to go in for a another surgery. I
    PRAY that Grandpa is done with his surgery and he's
    feeling o.k. I know Parker would be "heartbroken" if his
    Grandpa isn't there with him on next season of Gold Rush.
    Please....email me back..I really don't want to wait until
    next season to find out about Grandpa John Schnabel.

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    1. I am sure you know by now he is doing better. I just visited with him yesterday and he had great color to his cheeks and a big smile on his face. He is looking forward to turning 93 on Monday the 11th. If you want to send him a Birthday card he would LOVE it. John Schnabel PO BOX 149 Haines, AK 99827. He is having a big birthday bash and I am invited. I will blog about it afterward. Thank you for caring!

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  8. My Husband and I, my daughter and son-in-law, and a couple we met on the cruise ship took this tour in August of 2012. It was definately the highlight of our Alaska Cruise in my opinion. A good time was had by all and the "uncomfortable" picture Holly Jo took and sent to us is the only family picture I have displayed at work. The students in my class ask about it all the time and we have had some great discussions about the Big Nugget Mine and Alaska. We were most excited to see that the tour and Holly Jo are featured on "Gold Rush: The Dirt-Mining Studs" episode that aired in December 2012.

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    1. LOL LOL you make me laugh - Dirt-Mining Studs....lol I love it. It was a funny little 2 minute spot wasn't? Well at least I am only "A little bit crazy" hee hee hee.
      I am so glad you displayed that card. Now you need to start using SOC too, when you send people greeting cards. It is fun, easy on the pocket book, simple to make and Gorgeous quality. Don't ya think?

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  9. I enjoy the show, due to the fact my dad and John were freinds, and I went to school with Roger. We had a homestead up behind Chilkoot lake in the 60's and 70's. Except for the hotels, the town hasn't changed much; still looks like home.
    Al Reeves

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    1. That is super cool Al. I have heard of your place. I am a "newbie" around here (2008) and have not been exploring back in their yet, but I would love to check out your place and see if it is still there. So far, I can't even find the road that leads to your place. Do you think you will move back someday?

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  10. are there any jobs available in haines alaska? i live in california and really want to live in alaska!!

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    1. I am sure there are if you are not picky and don't mind working for minimum wage. But it is pretty meager right now. In the summer there are lots of jobs. Tour guiding, river rafting type jobs. People with CDLs can get jobs pretty easily. Good Luck!

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  11. HollyJo.
    Does the Big Nugget Mine offer PayDirt for sale ? If so how does one go about buying some ? Thanks Steve from Ohio

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    1. Hi Steve - No pay dirt available from Big Nugget. But Dakota Fred was selling bags of dirt in our local stores and on Ebay too.

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  12. Dear Holly Jo,

    I love y'all s pioneering spirit!

    Don't know how soon I will get there, but I have added you to my MUST see Travel Experiences.

    See ya soon!


    Sincerely,

    Page Perryman
    Texas

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    1. Howdy Page! Yippee Ki Ay - Come on up to the BIGGEST State in the USA. lol. Texas times two I think....or two and a half. I am looking forward to meeting you!

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  13. Spent some time in Haines AK. Know Roger and Nancy nice to see their son doing well. Love the show, miss AK.

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    1. Thank you for watching, reading and commenting Rod. Once a person has lived here I don't think it ever gets out of their system. Something about the Last Frontier that lures you in for a lifetime. So we may see you again in the future.

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  14. Yes Parker has his Grandfather's charm and mannerisms, hard to find such good traits these days. I hope he hits it BIG!

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    1. Me too Karen, me too. Thank you for your thoughts.

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  15. Hi Holly, I'm a teaching Assistant at a Primary school in Leeds, UK. I would love to visit Alaska and the Big Nugget Mine. My hubby and I watch the show all the time and pre-record every episode so that we don't miss a single one lol. It would be fab to meet all the teams, Parker and his family, Tod and his crew and of course the Dakota boys :. Yep, maybe our dream will come true one and we get to meet them all, it would be a pleasure! Hugs Fi xx

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    1. Hello Fiona - you sound like you are as big a fan as I am of the Gold Rush Miners. It would be neat to meet them all at one place. Maybe that will happen someday. Here is hoping :) Holly Jo Gold Gal

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