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, 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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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. 
Me, Holly Jo, at 18 yrs old - I already had gold fever
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 In celebration of the Gold Rush Season 3 kick off I went to A & B Prospecting Supplies in Mesa, Arizona and got my gold weighed. Yep that is right... I have Porcupine Creek gold of my very own.  Parker Schnabel let me keep the gold nuggets I panned out on each gold panning tour at Big Nugget Mine.  I would get to show the guests how to pan for gold, and if I found gold in my pan it was mine to keep.  Isn't Parker Schnabel the coolest?   I think so!
A & B Prospecting Supplies with Steve Robertson weighing my gold nuggets
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Last year I visited Steve Robertson at A & B Prospecting and weighed my Porcupine Creek gold which was 108.5 grains, or 22% of an ounce.  Steve offered me approx $250. for my Big Nugget Mine gold.  I kept my "kitty".
This is my Gold Kitty pouch where I keep all my gold

 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.
My Porcupine Creek Gold from Big Nugget Mine compared to a dime.

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).
My Porcupine Creek Gold

 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.
I always carried my gold kitty around my neck just in case I needed some extra gold nuggets.
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It is usually the children who get to take one of my gold nuggets, and children are very smart.  They always picked one of my biggest and prettiest pieces of gold.  hahaha.  Oh well, I am sure they will cherish it as much as I do.  Except I would hear them say something to the effect.... they were going to sell their gold nugget to buy a Lego set or some other toy.  So much for sentimental value.  See you next week gold fever fans.

Gold panning at Big Nugget Mine - Awesome Fun!
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Visit Rainbow Glacier Adventures for gold panning and other cool tours, and other blogs I have posted about Big Nugget Mine.  Thank you for reading!

17 comments:

  1. Great blog, and lucky you! Parker seems like such a nice kid, with a great future ahead of him. Must have been a lot of fun for you to do the tours, even without Parker.
    I'll be sure to check back on your blog every week!
    Rebecca

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    1. Thank you Rebecca - it has been a great experience guiding these tours.

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  2. Great Blog! You can tell you love your job and have a lot of fun doing it. Go Gold Girl!

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  3. Love the blog. I am a Parker fan myself. I am very excited about the new season.






    http://paystreaktv.blogspot.com/

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  4. parker hit the mother lode

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    1. He sure did. He became famous doing what he was raised to do. That is hitting the mother lode in my book.

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  5. Great tour experience you had there. Keep on sharing these great articles.

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  6. We watch Gold Rush at our University, we especially like Parker, however, we worry that the old guy on his team is so disrespectful to him that he might steal his gold, or try to sabotage him ! Parker works so hard, and his love for his grandpa shows what a fine young man he is!

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    1. Your talking about Glen. Glen is a great guy! I know on the show they seem to hit heads often but think about the fact that Parker trusts Glen enough to have him do the gold clean out every day.....and Parker is a smart young man. Glen was the one who gave us our dirt to pan when we took tours out there. He is a real kind and honest man.

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  7. Awasome site Holly. We have a relative that met Parker in a store in Oregon and asked him to pose with her for a picture and he was very nice to her. Good person. TV hasn't made him a schnob. Sorry, had to say that. I see a tee shirt slogan there. Sincerely, Robert Hampton

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    1. Hahahaha - I like it Robert. Schnabel is no Schnob....or something lol.
      Yea, he is a great kid, just like his Grandpa and the whole family really. Thanks for reading!

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  8. After tonight's episode of Gold Rush where Parker tipped the truck, they never 'weighed in'. This is after they showed a gold carpet last week and praised the pay dirt. Hopefully Parker is the one whe struck it big. DWill, NY

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  9. Yeah - I don't know, but I am excited to find out. Seems like they are all getting er done now.....well minus Parker tipping the truck and not being able to dig up top anymore. We shall see.

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  10. Holly, How's it going. We took your tour in June 2012. Had a great time. We're planning another trip up there in June 2015. We had 6 last time and now 11 planning on coming up from GA. Do you think Fred will be openfor tours. Thanks, Clayton

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  11. Fine blog site. When will their be a show in Arizona or NorCal. I have heard inside rumors of something coming down here. My geologist leased a mine to a TV production co. Something is up.

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