Bobbi's Top 10 Reasons to Go On a Women Only Horseback Vacation in Wyoming With Blue Sky Sage:

.The wilderness and the horses create an environment that gives women the opportunity to focus just on themselves for awhile, to take care of "self" in all the ways that get put on the back burner the rest of the year.

2. A horseback vacation is a great way to mark a transition in your life. "Transition trips" as I call them, are to celebrate a life change, like a milestone birthday, the "my nest is finally empty" trip, an adult daughter/mother time together, a "divorce is final" gift to self or something similar.

3. There is a unique camaraderie that you can only find in a group of women who have the common interest in horses and wilderness.

4. It's a wonderful way to reconnect with your youth, if you grew up riding and had to give it up as an adult because of family or career responsibilities.

5. Fine linens and tennis courts work for some, but this is a vacation where all-day rides, well-mannered horses and the view from the saddle create the perfect oasis. "Less is more" in the remote setting, yet we have everything in place for you to be comfortable, well-fed, and safe.

6. This is the time to eat, drink, laugh and RIDE! The challenge of riding off the trails in the aspen foothills, and high desert wilderness leads to improved horsemanship skills, which we promote and teach throughout your ride week.

. We offer the antithesis of a "nose to tail" trail ride. Every day on out horseback is active for each rider, with opportunity to get off the trail and challenge yourself a little, in a safe and controlled manner. Scheduled weeks are available for novice/intermediate skill levels, or if you are an advanced rider, there are trips that are faster paced and more challenging.

8. More often than not, people discover something about themselves that they had no idea was there. Women often find a piece of their "power" that was hidden or hadn't yet been discovered. Sometimes it's the catalyst for a life change, such as leaving an abusive relationship, a dead end job or letting go of something painful in your life.

9. You will truly be "off the grid" because there is no internet, and sparse cell phone service out here. And at night, you can actually see the Milky Way and "hear" absolute quiet. 

10. You will be riding with us, Mike and Bobbi. One or both of us guide every ride outselves, every day so you are assured the experience and expertise of our 38+ years as professional guides and horsemen are shared throughout your vacation. 


In Depth with Bobbi Wade About Experiential Travel

Bobbi Wade - Owner of Blue Sky Sage

Adventure Is Out There

Blue Sky Sage is one of the featured "horse camps" in this article from the 2017 Spring Edition of CHROME - Life As Unique As The Horse, a feature magazine published by the American Paint Horse Association.

6 Dutch Oven Recipes

From a feature article in the April 2017 issue of The Trail Rider Magazine, "6 Dutch Oven Recipes" is an interview about the Dutch oven recipes that we use in the camp cookhouse and over the open fire. Love the photo of Clara R., which was mis-identified as Bobbi.  

Song For Blue Sky Sage

1: "Oh, what were their names,
     on the high chaparral,
The horses that lived in that
     hilltop corral?
By the Little Sandy River, a
     place you would like
If you happened to visit with
     Bobbi and Mike.

Well, there's Outlaw and Matty,
     JB to name a few,
Hidalgo, the Rose,
     and Little Buckaroo
Painted Valley is a legend
     it's shocking to say
No electrified fence keeps that 
     horse from his hay

2: Tell me what were their names,
     on the high chaparral,
The folks who cam to visit
     that hilltop corral?
And why did they come there, I'll
     give you the gist,
To learn from the Horse, not some
     damn Plato-ist

There's Virginia and Terry and Linda
     and Paul
We flew from the East Coast, it was
     a long haul
Bob and Sallie from Denver drove up
     in their truck
We try to help each other, that's
     all of our luck

3: Tell me what were their names,
     on the high chaparral,
Who lived in their teepee by the
     hilltop corral?
If you ride out some days here
     with Bobbi and Mike
Then the face in your mirror may be
     someone you like
One more time, say the names on
     the high chaparral,
Of the horses who rode from that 
     hilltop corral,
As you fall off to sleep in your
     warm woolen cap
Whisper, thank you, my master, who
     gave me that FWAP."

Lyrics by Virginia Kopelman / sung to the tune of "Wildwood Flower" (aka "Reuben James")
©Virginia Kopelman, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0. International.

Why We Need to Vacation

I just read a great article in the November/December 2009 issue of Via: AAA Traveler's Companion titled

"One nation in need of a vacation: Taking Time Off Isn't Lasy. It's Essential." by Steve Rushin.  Rushin drives home the point that as Americans, we don't take nearly all the vacation we are allotted and we need to take every day we can get.

Living Her Cowgirl Dream

By Judi Montemayor

High Wild, & Lonesome….mmmmm, sounds interesting, but I wonder exactly what does it mean?  Well, now I know, first hand, and it is a feeling.  And one I will never forget.

My story begins at a very early age, about four years old.  I remember wanting to be a cowgirl even at that age.  I watched our local TV host, Sally Star, in her fancy cowgirl outfit and with her beautiful palomino horse as she scripted through her show for young’uns.  I had my own little cowgirl outfit, boots, hat, and even a stick pony to ride.  I was hooked.  As life went on, I migrated toward people who either had horses or had access to horses, for I was never fortunate enough to have my own.  The more I rode, the more free I felt inside.  I loved the smell and touch of horses, and the powerful feeling of being on the back of an animal so beautiful as it galloped through the fields.  It freed my soul and lifted my spirits…

Here I am fifty-some years later and that little cowgirl is still deep in my thoughts.  For years I had entertained the idea of going on a cattle drive out West.  It was a dream just out of my reach, I thought.  When I met Joe, the love of my life, the dream surfaced again.  One day during the winter of 2002, we were discussing our upcoming vacation plans.  He suggested we go on a cattle drive out West.  I was stunned, but on the Internet in no time, looking for a suitable location.  We had looked at a few locations and had talked to some outfitters, but when we spoke with Bobbi Wade from High Wild & Lonesome Cowboy Adventures we knew we had the right adventure outfit.  Joe had only ridden a few times in his life so lessons were definitely in his future.  We both took weekly lessons for eight months, then in August we headed out to Wyoming to live my dream.  Instead of a cattle drive, we chose to ride the Pony Express Trail.  We soon learned what ‘big sky’ really meant.

A real cowgirl, Bobbi Wade, picked us up at the hotel and we drove out to a Cowboy camp, which was to be our home for a week.  As soon as I met Bobbi, I liked her . . .  capable, full of knowledge of the West and a real horsewoman.  It wasn’t long before the congested roads were only a memory.  As we headed out camp, my excitement began to build.  I looked intently out the window of the old Chevy Suburban at the vastness of the countryside and the ranches, scattered here and there.  After an enlightening two-hour drive we turned onto a dirt road and up to a gate.  By this time it was almost impossible to contain my excitement.  Bobbi opened the gate and drove us down the dusty road.  It was green on one side of the road, the other side was sage brush as far as you could see.  As we drove into the camp area it became apparent why it was so green on the one side…the side that held the Sweetwater River.  Then, there it was!  Our range teepees, what a sight!  There were five or six of them nestled among the lush green willows, grass, and the river.  Here we were “out in the middle of nowhere” as us Easterners would say, and it was beautiful!  The ‘big sky’ was everywhere and you could see, literally, for miles, definitely God’s country.  We eagerly unpacked and started our horse orientation with Mike Wade, a real cowboy!  I met the horses we were going to befriend for a week, in the corral.  Gorgeous Quarter horses…I couldn’t wait….WOW…I was going to ride like a cowgirl all week long.  I brought my attention back to Mike and the orientation.  For a couple hours, Mike educated us about tacking up the horse, handling the horse and pretty much how a horse should be treated.  Mike and Bobbi are incredible with horses and people.  As the week went on we learned more and more about riding, horses, and the history of the territory.

Each day we awoke, as the sun rose over the vastness of the countryside, to the aroma of coffee brewing.  After eating a great breakfast prepared by the camp cook Amanda Roufs, we headed up the hill to tack up the horses.  Each day we rode about 20 miles and came home to camp exhausted and covered with dust…a dust that only the West knows.  My best description is brown baby powder.  I always wondered how the cowboys in the old black and white movies could sleep outside in all that dirt…well, now I know!  When I got back to camp I was so tired I would just fall asleep in the teepee with my boots on!  It was all I could do to get up to take a shower before dinner.  But, I was never happier!  I was a cowgirl in Wyoming with a ‘real’ horse to ride!  Dreams really do come true. High, Wild & Lonesome did it for me.

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