Haines Alaska kicked off the first tour of 2012

Written by RGA Guide, Holly Jo Parnell        HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com. Opinions may not be that of Rainbow Glacier Adventures.



Rainbow Glacier Adventures had our first tour on Friday, April 6th.  A few of us RGA Guides got to go along to help Joe Ordonez while he treated a group of 24 French Canadian high school students from Montreal to a highly entertaining two day tour.  He is a very knowledgeable guide.  I guess that is why he owns Rainbow Glacier Adventures Tour Company, which has the bragging rights of having solely Haines, Alaska locals as guides.  Joe O. is an animated man and tells Haines history with an adventurous spirit. Read more

It takes a Leap of Faith to Pan for Gold at Porcupine Creek

Excerpts from RGA Tour Guide, Holly Jo Parnell at HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspotcom

With gold sky rocketing over $1700 an ounce recently, our Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek Tour is starting to be more than mere entertainment to our tour guests. Even small gold nuggets are worth something. Young and old, People want gold!

John Schnabel telling young prospectors; Mike, Farris, Errol and Matt how to pan for gold.

I have become a pretty good gold panner since I get to show tour groups how to pan for gold almost every time we visit Big Nugget Mine at Porcupine Creek. In fact, I became a little over-confident about my gold panning technic and lost my gold in the water trough on one of my tours. My happy tour guide persona quickly vanished and was replaced by a gold fever lunatic who just lost their fortune. Read more

Into the thick of Summer in Haines Alaska

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com

Field of the Dandelion weeds at the Ghost Town of
Porcupine City. My Dad on one of my tours.

I cant believe we are already into July.  Summer flies when your having fun in Haines Alaska and Tour Guiding seals the deal!  I’m having a ball taking people to the Schnabel’s Big Nugget Mine where we pan for gold and find nice nuggets.  This is a great tour for the young and the young at heart!

Elizabeth from California takes a snap of
her cousin, local cutie, 4 yr old Hayden with his
gold nugget he panned all by himself

We have seen black bears on Porcupine Road… Read more

Celebrity Sightings and Gold Nuggets

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Kir & Pacific found some gold!

We had three Gold Rush to Porcupine Tours last week.  Each one was a unique experience.  My first tour went out last Monday with a local Haines family.  They had the cutest 4 year old, Pacific, who loves to gold pan.  She brightened up like the sun when that yellow Read more

Gold Rush of 2011 has started

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com

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 Read more

First Cruise Ship Day in Haines Alaska

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com

Tourism Director, Tanya Carlson – Mayor Jan Hill – Tour Operator, Adam Patterson
Enjoying the new look of Haines as they wait to greet Cruise Ship guests

We did it! The first Cruise Ship Day in Haines was a big success.  Southeast Roadbuilders, who were constructing our new Bus Parking Lot and Restrooms worked their little hearts out till 2am on Cruise Ship day and completed a large majority of it.  It is pretty amazing what people can do under pressure.  It will be a great addition to Haines.  We are steadily giving this pretty little town a much needed face lift.

Don’t get me wrong, the natural Haines doesn’t need any help at being beautiful.  It is the folks who live here that need to work hard at making our man made areas worthy of residing in such an awesome place.  They say, Read more

Just in the Nick of Time

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com

Oh, oh, what a feeling! To drive…..a tour bus (sang to the tune of the old Toyota commercial).

I passed my dreaded driving test and can now get a Commercial Drivers License.  Whoopee – I’m so stoked!  I have been studying the last two months.  This is not child’s play my friend.  The CDL is the hardest thing I have ever studied to get. This is coming from a gal who received a Correctional Officer certification – think pepper spray in the face and defense training for 3 weeks, and was Flight Attendant certified – think Jump, Jump, Jump, out and down the emergency escape slide – one month, non-paid (did it twice).
I passed just in the nick of time.  Haines will have our first Cruise Ship for the season, and it comes Read more

“Guides Choice” in Haines Alaska with Photographer Tom Ganner

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com


Port Chilkoot Dock Restrooms
and parking lot under construction


Here is a quick update on what Gold Rush Alaska is up to.  The film crews are following local high schooler, Parker Schnabel, around Haines High School today.  They had all the students sign wavier agreements so they could be put on National Television (if it doesn’t get cut on the editing room floor first).  Parker Schnabel will be the Superintendent at Big Nugget Mine this summer (that is the mine next door to the Gold Rush Alaska mining operation).  Parker is the 16 yr old grandson Read more

The Vote for Gold Rush to Porcupine Creek

Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com

Parker Schnabel – Me – Joe Ordonez

The Borough Assembly meeting was held at Haines’ very own Sheldon Museum last Tuesday evening.  I entered the upstairs gallery to find the owner of Rainbow Glacier Adventures, Joe Ordonez, and Gold Mine owner, Parker Schnabel, signing in to speak about the new tour addition to Haines, “Gold Rush Tour to Porcupine Creek”.  Excitement was in the air as we Read more