Meet the Wade Family

Mike & Bobbi Wade, Your Hosts and Trail Guides

We were each born and raised on small family ranches, 3rd generation natives, just a few miles from the Texas Trail and the Pony Express Trail in eastern Wyoming. The ranches were family operations, with no hired men to do the work.  Our dads had worked for many years on different old-time ranches north of Lingle, Wyoming as cowboys. They later both became ranchers on their own places, but they were still cowboys more than anything else. So, we were raised in the true "Cowboy tradition" of the region. 

Mike Wade: "The small family ranch in eastern Wyoming provided me with the perfect environment to start my lifelong outfitting, guiding, and outdoor career. Mountains and badlands called on the horizon, instilling an outdoor wanderlust that still has not been satisfied. My father, Jack, gave me a solid background with horses, the perfect way to explore the back country, and my mother Ellen encouraged me, as well as my four siblings, to pursue whatever our spirits suggested.

Immediately after high school, I started packing mules and guiding guests into the Teton Wilderness, the most remote location in the lower 48 states. Since that time, I have guided many thousands of guests in various pursuits across most of Wyoming, including extensively in and around Yellowstone National Park, with brief experiences in Arizona and Montana.

After 36 years, mountains of worn-out horseshoes and boot leather, and hundreds of miles of snowmobile tracks later, this lure to explore around the next corner and over the far horizon is as strong as ever. I look forward to sharing my next horseback adventure with you".

Bobbi (Hladky) Wade: " I was raised on ranches along the banks of Rawhide Creek. Horses have played a big role in my family dating back to my great-grandfather Samuel Seaman, who after moving on from his cowboy job at the Node ranch around the turn of the twentieth century, started his own horse ranch, to raise mounts for the cavalry out of Ft. Robinson, Nebraska, in the chalk butte hills north of Lusk, Wyoming that were eventually named after him. My grandpa and my mother Shirley carried on raising horses, and when she married my dad Robert Hladky, they kept the bloodlines in their personal saddle cavvy.  Dad was a cowboy and ranch foreman, and I grew up learning to ride and work cattle right alongside the cowboys. Later on, me and my three siblings became Dad's main ranch hands, and we did everything on the ranch that any man would have done in the old days. Dad taught me to rope at a young age, and I competed through high school in the roping events. And, though I was usually working outside, Mom did manage to instill in me some cooking and cleaning skills that have been invaluable over the years!

My other passion besides horses was, and still is, vocal music of all genres. My love of music and horses, combined with an outgoing personality was a good combination to bring to the wilderness; I started as a cook's helper and campfire entertainer on pack trips, then went with Mike back into a wilderness elk hunting camp 56 miles horseback from the road to work cooking and wrangling horses. All these years later, I'm still working at doing a little of everything I've learned ,and our life together is an ever-continuing story of new adventures, great people, good horses, and a love of Wyoming that we still take great pride in sharing with others".

We raised our daughters, Amanda and Emily in the business and they spent most of their childhood summers at horse camp, working as cooks, camp jacks and helping wrangle horses and guests. We are grateful that during their youth they were able to live the lifestyle we chose so many years ago and that they have gained so much personal growth and character from their work and from the many wonderful people they have met over the years.
Our long and varied career has taught us that the best approach to a successful and enjoyable horseback vacation for all our guests requires a handful of simple, straightforward things.  Those things are to provide an active, hands-on horseback experience for small groups of people, active, well-mannered saddle horses to ride, remote locations that put folks in the heart of the real wide-open spaces, and a comfortable wilderness camp atmosphere.  These features provide every guest with the individual attention they deserve and appreciate.  We have both lived a very adventurous life and in spite of coming from a background that was very isolated and sheltered from the mainstream, (or as we joke, we were raised "at the head of the creek") somewhere along the line we knew we wanted to share the best things about the Cowboy way, as we knew and believed them to be, with people who had a sincere interest in experiencing what for us is a life, and a very good life at that.  It is our belief that Blue Sky Sage is a genuine reflection of what we have lived and what we envision.  There is always an open invitation to you to pull your cinch, catch a stirrup and ride for the high points with us across these wild, wide-open spaces we call home.

Welcome to Wyoming.
Mike & Bobbi Wade 
 

 

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