Gold Rush of 2011 has started

Excerpt from RGA guide:

Spectacular Views of the Dalton Trail

The first “Gold Rush to Porcupine Tour” started on Memorial day weekend with 10 people on board to the gold road to Porcupine.  We drove up the scenic Haines Highway through the Bald Eagle Preserve.  Joe Ordonez and CJ Jones gave excellent commentary of the area and the rich history of Dalton’s Trail.  We crossed over the Klehini River and into the Porcupine Gold District of 1898.

Dandelions in bloom – they may be weeds but they are sure pretty

We visited 16 yr old Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine where  their operation is in full swing.  Parker explained the workings of the “grizzly” and “jig” while we stood beside the raging Porcupine Creek.

Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine
Grizzly, Jig and Trammel talk – keys to getting placer gold

It is pretty awesome to see a 16 yr old young man in charge of his grandfather’s, John Schnabel, successful Gold Mine of 25 years.  Normally, it is hard just to get a 16 yr old to make their bed….and here Parker is running the gold mine and allowing tours to come and catch gold fever by panning for the rich yellow nuggets.

Parker brought each of us a pan and a bag of dirt so we could try our luck.  Soon everyone was working the pan like pros and after a bit you could hear the holler of delight as they glimpsed gold in the bottom of their pan!  Everyone was thrilled to find $20 to $30 dollar nuggets in their pan!  Parker is a great gold host.

Parker Schnabel with an ounce of gold
over $1500.00 in US dollars
Gold Panning at Porcupine
Judy & Louise catching Gold Fever

Parker, of course, is a pro… he found a bit more in his pan.  We were all smiles as we said our good byes to Parker and Big Nugget Gold Mine.  We made a last stop by Porcupine Creek where a veranda and chairs are available to sit and take in the gorgeous views of the mountains and creek……oh, and the Discovery Channel’s hit TV Show, “Gold Rush: ALASKA”.

Discovery Channel’s, “Gold Rush: ALASKA” mine in Porcupine Creek

Their gold mine operation is right there and visible for a sneak peak at the happenings on the site. You can’t see their set up from the main road, they have it blocked off to visitors.  The only way to view their mine is on the Schnabel’s land, as they are neighbors with the Porcupine Creek in the middle.

Road Closed to the Gold Rush Alaska gold mine where
Dakota Fred and crew are getting GOLD

We had 3 tours go out for our starting week of the Gold Rush to Porcupine Tour. Gold Fever was contagious with many saying they want to come back for more gold panning.  They also said they would check out Discovery Channel’s TV show next season as Parker Schnabel is being filmed more often this summer and may become a little celebrity himself.  He is such a cute kid, he deserves all the success in the world!

I made sure I got a photo with Parker next to Porcupine Creek
I’ll have him autograph it, cause he is gonna be a STAR –
and quite possibly a gold mining heart throb for the gals!
Really neat photo opportunity’s of old buildings at the historic Porcupine
City of 1898 to 1905 era
Gold Panning at Porcupine Creek
Young Stella catching gold fever with an
ounce of the yellow pay dirt
Judy is giddy with GOLD
Robyn is a happy and successful gold panner
I couldn’t resist being a rebel at the road block to the Gold Rush Alaska
Fans of the TV show were excited to get a peak at the location
Hello you got to come….

Rainbow Glacier Adventure Team with Parker Schnabel at
Porcupine Creek.  Joe Ordonez established RGA in 1987 – top notch tours of
Haines Alaska


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