We had a Gold Rush tour on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd.Â Sweet!Â The first family who visited us from California actually rearranged their whole travel schedule so they would be in Haines, Alaska on June 1st.Â They didnâ€™t want to come all the way up to Alaska without visiting Parker Schnabel
at his Big Nugget Mine
14 yr old Ryan is a big fan of the TV show Parker
is seen on.Â So it was extra special when Parker
came over from his
busy work schedule to say â€œhelloâ€.
On Saturday I had a family of 11 take the Fast Ferry from Skagway (where their Cruise Ship ported) to Haines to visit Big Nugget Mine.Â Ranging in age from 5 yr old Landon to his
Grandfather Zadus, this Alabama family is also big fans of Parker
In fact, on the drive back to town I asked them what they like better, panning for gold or meeting Parker
Schnabel.Â I heard a resounding â€œParker!â€ from the youth.Â Parker is a great roll model for young folks to see they are never too young to work hard for their dreams.Â Kids are people too.
RGAâ€™s Gold Rush to Porcupine tour has exclusive access to Schnabelâ€™s Mine for the 2nd year in a row.Â This tour is not sold on the Cruise Ship.Â That means our Gold Mining tour stays personal and intimate.Â Â The Hatfieldâ€™s & Kilpatrickâ€™s
(from Alabama) had the unique opportunity to visit with Parker
one on one.Â Since the group of 11 was too big to pan all at once we split them up, me taking one half of the family to the panning trough to try their luck at finding rich pay dirt while the other half visited with Parker near his
gold wash plant.
I am happy to say everyone found a gold nugget.Â I also have to give large props to Emily & Amy
(the mothers of the two families).Â They took advantage of the extra time with Parker
by asking him all sorts of interesting questions.Â They told me many things I did not know about Parker
as we drove back into Haines.Â Way to go moms!Â What did I find out about Parker?Â Hhhhmmmmâ€¦..come on the tour and you may find out.
I can't thank you enough for giving us such a memorable tour.Â You, Parker
and theÂ Big Nugget Mine tour won't leave our minds for a very long time, if at all.
Parker gave us pans with some dirt and pebbles in them and taught us how to pan for gold. Â Everyone found Gold Nuggets in their pan!
took us up the river a little bit to show us where they are getting the dirt. Â Parker
is such a cute kid, being a 16 year old gold miner, I think he
is going to steal the show next season. Â He
can't talk about the Gold Rush: ALASKA show. Â He
has signed some confidentiality papers, but I heard rumor he
is being filmed a couple of times a week by the Discovery Channel film crew.
is the big boss at Big Nugget Mine
We visited 16 yr old Parker Schnabel
at his Big Nugget Mine
where Â their operation is in full swing. Â Parker
explained the workings of the "grizzly" and "jig" while we stood beside the raging Porcupine Creek.
Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine
Parker brought each of us a pan and a bag of dirt so we could try our luck. Â 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! Â Everyone was thrilled to find $20 to $30 dollar nuggets in their pan! Â Parker is a great gold host.
Parker Schnabel with an ounce of gold
, of course, is a pro.....so he
found a bit more in his
pan. Â We were all smiles as we said our good byes to Parker
and Big Nugget Gold Mine. Â 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".
Gold Fever was contagious with many saying they want to come back for more gold panning. Â 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. Â He
is such a cute kid, he
deserves all the success in the world!
Rainbow Glacier Adventure Team with Parker Schnabel at