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 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!
It has been the perfect job for me as I was born in a family with gold fever. I grew up in Arizona with a family that went gold prospecting for fun all the time. We are always looking for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains and other hidden gold treasure, as Arizona is rich with historic gold lore. Here I am panning for gold around the same age that Parker Schnabel is now (18 yrs). I am a little wild and expressive, yea I know, I love gold panning.
This year my gold was 438.73 grains, 78% of an ounce. Steve offered me approx $430. for my loot.
I kept my kitty again, but told Steve if I spend all my money while I am visiting Arizona then I will see him in a few weeks and sell my gold kitty so I can afford a plane ticket back to Haines Alaska. hahaha.
The summer of 2012 was more lucrative for me at 56% of an ounce of gold recovered. Hey does that make me the gold miner they are talking about on TV who hit the Mother Lode? Glory Hole? Am I the big winner? Just kidding.
Rainbow Glacier Adventures had more Gold Panning guests visit Big Nugget Mine in 2012 than in 2011 (Thank you Discovery Channel for putting Haines, Alaska on the map).
I would have more gold nuggets but every once in awhile a guest would not find gold in their pan. Sometimes they pan their gold out with the dirt, or even dump their rich dirt on the ground. In these rare cases I would reach into my gold kitty (trying to hide my reluctance) and let them pick a gold nugget from my loot.