|Mattias from Sweden (or Switzerland - I get those mixed up)|
showing his rich yellow pay dirt from Porcupine Creek Mine.
Rainbow Glacier Adventure's Gold Rush Tour To Porcupine has exploded the summer of 2013. I am grateful to be taking fans of the TV show "Gold Rush" out to Dakota Fred's Porcupine Creek Mine almost every weekday and some weekends.
|The Costabile Family from Illinois had a great time visiting Dakota Fred|
and Porcupine Creek Mine.
Dakota Fred, his son Dustin Hurt, and Melody Tallis are warm, friendly, inviting gold miners at Porcupine Creek Gold Mine. My guests are surprised
at the time these gold miners will take out of their busy season to say hello, take a few photos, and take the time to teach everyone how to pan for gold.
|One of our largest groups (10 peeps) panning with Dakota Fred.|
We keep our tours small and intimate for the
|A Little Texan Tot finds big flakes of gold with|
Dakota Fred's help.
|Michigan gals looking pretty in pink and meeting|
Dustin Hurt and Melody.
Gold Panning guests are also surprised to find a funny, cool guy out of Dakota Fred. The show makes him out to be a shrewd business man without a heart (at times). But his heart is full of kindness and his laughter is contagious. Plus...he is letting people leave Porcupine Creek Mine with HIS gold! Whatever they find, they get to keep. That is mighty generous considering I have seen some nice size "pickers" of gold in our guests pan. Which is a different term from the mine across the river, Parker Schnabel's Big Nugget Mine, over there they called them "nuggets"........Porcupine Creek Miners call them, "pickers", either way the gold has substance, and it is round, and it makes a clanging sound when you shake it in the gold vial. If I ever get my own gold mine I will call them "clangers".
|New Jersey Bridge Builder Richard & his wife Karen learn|
how funny Dakota Fred is while they pan for gold
|This Oklahoma Sweetie sports her gold "picker" she picked out of|
her pan before panning the rest of the dirt.
|These are gold flakes and gold flour from Porcupine Creek.|
When you come on our Gold Rush to Porcupine tour you get to see the "behind the scenes" of the TV show and learn what the miners are doing before it airs this fall. I have to be careful what photos I can post so I don't give away all Gold Rush Season 4's secrets.
|Norwegian's Captain, Officers, and Engineers looking at the|
area Dakota Fred is working this summer. Wish I
could show you what they are seeing, but I can't.
The Captain of Norwegian's "Pearl" cruise ship brought all his top Officers and Engineers to Haines for a sneak peek of Dakota Fred's gold operation. They had to ferry over from Skagway because Norwegian Cruise Line doesn't port in Haines......mainly because their ships are too big for our little dock. They fit over 4,000 people on the Pearl.....we fit only 2,500 people in Haines Borough.
|Norwegian's Captain of the Pearl|
with Dakota Fred
|Melody & Jen - the Gold Gals of Porcupine Creek|
|Check out this cool jacket Jen is wearing......uh I want one yah!|
|Dakota Fred is doing great this season with a lot of help|
from his assistant Jen - Find him on Facebook and chat
Gold guests enjoy getting to know Melody Tallis better too. She is an amazingly hard working woman (guess it is not a surprise she is hard-working since she is a woman right?). She grew up in Fairbanks....maybe that helped toughen her up for this kind of work....or maybe the fact she is a 5 times Barrel Racing Champion on the rodeo circuit. That is a horse competition sport for those who don't know.
|Father & Son from AZ to Ill (Lee & Rick) get a one on one gold panning|
lesson with Melody
the Gold Panning Queen.
|Sweetheart & Hard Working Melody Tallis is working with|
Dakota Fred for her second season.
Dustin Hurt visits our gold guests when he can, but he seems to be extra busy with the gold operation this summer. He has a big pool of fans.....all ages and genders. But I will say....he seems to be the favorite for many ladies on our tours. I don't know why? Maybe it is his sparkling personality shining through on the show. Yah, that must be it. lol
|Mike from Alberta Canada grabs a few panning tips from|
|Husbands tend to look the other way when their wive's grab for that extra hug|
from their favorite gold miners.
The gold panning tour has been a big hit and everyone leaves with a smile, great memories, and GOLD. The weather has been perfect this summer, the views spectacular, and we get to see wildlife once in a while on the round trip 64 mile drive to Porcupine Creek. We see the four legged kind and their calling card.....berry filled scat.
|Yep - I take photos of bear scat when they are this pretty. hahahaha|
|Little black bear looking for berries. We see brown bears too|
but they run away fast and we don't get a good photo of them.
This was taken while I was driving over Porcupine Creek Bridge.
And sometimes we see the wild and unpredictable two legged kind of wildlife. It is a real special treat when we do too.
|Susie from Cali meets her favorite Grandpa John Schnabel on an|
impromptu visit at his office.
Happy Panning my friends....we have one more month of gold mining weather at Porcupine Creek.
|We Got Gold In This Dirt!|