Bob and Sarge came by this weekend for a carriage ride even though temps were in the mid 90′s. But, it didn’t seem to bother Sarge and our guests were eager to see the town and learn the history of the many homes on the Island. Like Boomer, Sarge has now become a fan of left over chocolate chip cookies, but he still won’t eat everything put in front of him like Boomer will. Sarge seems to have adpted well to Amelia Island and its slow pace and quiet streets.
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- Chris prepares for a tour
We had a historical tour with the other carriage company on the island, Old Town Carriages this past week. Their horses are Dixon and Chris, who came for our tour. This company has actually been around longer than Amelia Island Carriages, and provide a similar tour. Two couples joined up for the ride and it was a hot sunny evening for lerning about the island.
- The Howard’s ready to ride
It’s been a strange spring this year. First we had a Nor’easter that gave us rain for a solid week, then two weeks of nearly everyday thunderstorms, and then last week with nearly every day in the low nineties and virtually no hint of rain. But, we were still able to get some guests air conditioned by riding on a carriage thru the historic downtown. We’ve shown Boomer and Sarge before, but this time Jazz, the newest horse in the Ameilia Island Carriage lineup came for some treats. Misha and Gordon were the lucky guests that enjoyed a guided tour with Cindy narrating and Jazz pulling. Jazz is slightly smaller than Boomer but not by a lot. He is developing the same personality as Boomer and his acceptable treat list is growing. However, we have to take it easy on the sugary type, because it puts him in high gear for the tour.
We had a Nor’easter settle in NE Florida last week and it provided steady rain, lightning, and wind for seven days. We were fortunate to get a couple of rides in, one with Sarge (the black horse) and Boomer (the giant white horse). Some areas south of Jacksonville have had over two feet of rain during this period, but we only had 8-10 inches. The good news is that it has helped alleviate the draught conditions that much of central florida has been experiencing, and it put us ahead of rain needs. Also it will help keep the forrest fires at bay which were a real problem last summer. Thankfully we had nearly full sun the past three days with just a little overcast/stormy look late in the day. Hopefully we are back to our more normal afternoon shower activity.
That’s Bob, Cindy’s father guiding Sarge down the streets of Fernandina. They are usually paired together and Cindy is normally with Boomer.
After several carrots and six chocolate cookies, Boomer can have guests stand nearby without looking for more food.
You can always tell when we’ve had a rainy period because Cindy puts the top on the carriages. Its a little bit of work to put on and take off, so until she sees it staying clear for awhile, they stay on.
Boomer had another great weekend with double rides and therefore double treats. First the Brantley’s took the historic tour and ride, followed by the Berlin’s. Evening temperatures were quite warm but Boomer seemed only focused on having adequate treats. The shade canopy of the live oaks and magnolia’s creates a great place to start our carriage rides, and all we have to do is keep Boomer from coming up the sidewalk to get food. He licks his lips as soon as he sees us and won’t go at all if we don’t bring goodies. Both couples enjoyed their ride and as usual learned a great deal of history about Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. We tease guests about taking a history quiz the next morning, but we know we couldn’t remember everything Cindy shares in a forty-five minute tour ourselves.
We had two carriage rides this weekend at the William’s House, so Boomer was the beneficiary of double treats. Let’s see I believe it was four carrots, eight chocolate chip cookies, several left over sweet rolls, and a few left over creme filled schells from the tour. Any guests who don’t finish the fresh chocolate chip cookies we put in their rooms are certainly pleasing Boomer since he is the recipient of all leftovers. It was a hot day for both the tour and carriage rides, but generally Cindy doesn’t bring Boomer out until later in the evening. When you weigh 2400 lbs, it isn’t hard to work up a sweat. There is no more pleasant way to spend and evening than to be pulled by Boomer, hear the Island’s history from Cindy (Boomer’s mom)and be dropped at the restaurant of your choice like royalty! Last I heard Cindy didn’t get a Mother’s day treat from Boomer so I guess there is more training to be done.
One of the favorite activities for guests at the Williams House is to take a liesurely carriage ride thru the historic downtown area with amelia island carriages . Pictured here are the Jordan’s who took a ride last weekend with “Boomer”, the most famous and largest horse in north Florida. We’ll begin showing guests on carriage rides regularly on our blog and will write in more detail about Boomer and the other horses in the Amelia Island Carriage family.