Archive for January, 2008

Jan 28 2008

Hobo Pie

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  1. meat of your preference (usually hamburger)
  2. potatoes
  3. carrots
  4. onions
  5. salt and pepper to taste


  1. Double aluminum foil and then butter it or use non-stick spray.
  2. Add hamburger patty first,
  3. sliced potatoes next,
  4. and then sliced carrots,
  5. all salted and peppered well.
  6. Add onion, fold aluminum foil over, pinching it over to seal,
  7. and cook on grill over campfire until meat is done.
  8. Place directly on plate, open, and eat right out of the foil.
  9. Enjoy your Great Outdoor Blessings!

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Jan 28 2008

Hot Coffee is Still 10 cents a Cup and Refills are Free!

When you are RVing to Canada through the great State of Montana stop in and visit Sykes’ Restaurant, Grocery, and Pharmacy in Kalispell, Montana.  Doug Wise is 90 years young.  He started working there as a teenager , then took over the market and lunch counter in 1945.  Judy Wise started working there in 1950.  She fell in love with the owner and they have been married almost 58 years now.  Judy, 79, says that there are no plans for retirement.  There are no plans to change the price of coffee either.  It will stay 10 cents as long as Wise has anything to do with it.  Even at age 90, Doug comes into work at 4:00 AM to prep the kitchen and get ready for the day’s business.  Sykes’ is community minded.  The store makes grocery runs to housebound individuals every Monday and Friday.  For the past 25 years, they have hosted a free community Thanksgiving meal.  Meals are delivered to those housebound individuals as well.  I have eaten there many times and enjoyed the good hot coffee as well.  I want to let you know also that all pies are baked daily.

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Sykes\' Restaurant in Kalispell, MT

We visited with Doug and Judy Wise on April 4, ’08 at Sykes’ Restaurant in Kalispell, MT and were saddened to hear that Sykes’ is up for sale.  The pending sale of the landmark and the potential closure will truly be the end of an era.  I hope that new owners will keep it open and “treat everyone like family” as Doug and Judy have done throughout the years.  Doug and Judy were so gracious during our time spent with them.  We wish them well and will miss them all the way from Mississippi.  Please see our pictures below.


John Williams, Doug Wise, and Judy Wise Sykes\' Grocery & Market    John Williams with Doug & Judy Wise owners of Sykes\'







Judy catches up on news from Mississippi     


Here\'s that 10 cents coffee!




Update on November 3, 2008:

Sykes’ coffee will stay at 10 cents with all the refills of coffee you can drink according to new owner Mr. Mike McFarland.  I went by Sykes’ for a visit today and found out that Doug and Judy sold Sykes’ just a few weeks ago.  While I was visiting with Mr. McFarland, Miss Judy came in and sat with us.  She did not remember our visit in April.  Miss Judy looked just as pretty as she did in April.  I was told that Doug still comes in at 6:00 AM but in a different capacity.  Mr. McFarland says he will make only a few minor changes but he would never change the atmosphere of Sykes’ in Kalispell, Montana. 

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Jan 18 2008

Ziploc Omelette

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– 2 eggs
– Your choice of add-ins (ham, bacon, onions, peppers, cheese, hash browns, etc.)

Set a large pot of water to boil on the campfire. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the bag, and shake to combine them. Put in your ingredients and shake gently to combine.

Before placing the bag in boiling water, make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot.

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Jan 16 2008

Hello World! What are Great Outdoor Blessings?

Welcome Dear Friends! We are so glad that you are visiting us on this internet site. “Great Outdoor Blessings” is a ministry intended to demonstrate GOD’s love, forgiveness, grace, and hope with particular emphasis on Recreational Vehicle campers (RVers). We meet Motorhome campers, Travel Trailer campers, Fifth Wheel campers and Tent campers on campgrounds throughout these United States of America from Mississippi to Montana and beyond. This site is a Christian-based website written, designed, and maintained for the Glory of our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. The author feels very strongly that he is blessed by GOD in order to be a blessing to others. “Blessed To Be A Blessing” comes from GOD’s Holy Bible in Genesis 12:2. In this scripture, GOD speaks to Abram saying “….I will bless you….. and you will be a blessing (to others).”

What is a Great Outdoor Blessing?

In the eyes of the believer, there is no such thing as “luck”.  We should phrase this as “Blessing” or “Being Blessed”.  Instead of saying “I was lucky to avoid all of that traffic”, we might say “I was blessed to avoid all that traffic”.  Instead of saying “with some luck we will leave early and get the very best campsite”, we should say “we will be blessed to leave early and get the best campsite”. Instead of saying “I was lucky to be able to get out of the bed this morning”, we should say “I was blessed just to get out of the bed this morning”.  I think you see the picture.

 So what are Great Outdoor Blessings?  Outdoor Blessings are GOD’s handy-work.  Outdoor Blessings are from our Creator which He gives so freely.  Here are examples as I see them:

1.  The love and respect between a husband and wife at home and in the Great Outdoors.

2.  Seeing a white dove flying over Sue Lake in Montana.



3.  Seeing a moose with snow-capped mountains in the background in Alaska.


4.  Seeing a moose or a grizzly in Glacier National Park or a buffalo in Yellowstone National Park.moose-at-glacier-national-park.jpgmoose-at-glacier-national-park.jpgmoose-at-glacier-national-park.jpg images1_edited.jpgimages1_edited.jpgimages1_edited.jpgimages1_edited.jpgimages1_edited.jpg  buffalo.jpg   bearcan_11.jpg

 5.  Fly-fishing on the Madison River in Montana or catching big rainbows on Monster Lake near Cody, Wyoming.  



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6.  Rafting the Snake River along the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.




7.  Standing at the North or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon looking at God’s beauty.

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8.  Waking up on a cool and crisp morning at your favorite campground site with hot coffee in one hand and your opened Bible in the other hand reading from GOD’s Word.




9.  Seeing  El Capitan, The Falls, and Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park.


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But, #10 is the GREATEST OUTDOOR BLESSING above all blessings.  It is a saving, forgiving, loving acceptance of JESUS CHRIST.  Jesus Saves!  This my dear Brother and Sister is the Greatest of 

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Tent Camp in Glacier Park, Montana 






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