Sunday, September 14, 2014

EBay Auction: 2004 Teton Sunrise Experience

We have listed our Teton 5th wheel on Ebay Auctions.

To view this ad on eBay, please go to the eBay website at and enter item number 161422207058 in the search box at the top of the eBay home page.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sandra's Restaurant

Sandra's Restaurant on UrbanspoonSometimes a place is so straightforward and obvious that it's easy to overlook.  Sandra's Restaurant is a good example.  It's completely German.  German food, German atmosphere, German beer and wine, and very delicious.  It's a plain building on a one-way street with a small sign.  Blink and you'll miss it.

My advice is: don't blink.  Stop in and check it out.  It's excellent.

Ok, enough platitudes...  On with the review.

We were greeted warmly and shown to a comfortable table.  Iggy, our server, asked if we'd been here before.  We had not, so he explained the menu items to us.  One good thing: the menu is just the right size.  It's short enough that clearly everything is freshly cooked.  I'm suspect of restaurants that have 40 or 50 items on the menu.  It's long enough so anyone can find something they like here.

We checked out the buffet, it looked good.  We were exploring, so decided to order off the menu.

Iggy asked for our drink order, and I selected the Hofbräu Dark, and Gayle picked the extra dry Riesling.  To my surprise, Iggy came back with not one beer, but three different samples of Hofbräu they have on tap.  Bonus!  I got a small tasting flight, ranging from extra light, medium and dark.  Totally unexpected, but very welcome.  We tried all three, all were excellent.  I went with my first instinct and selected the dark, and then discovered it comes in four sizes: 12, 16, 24 and 32 oz.  That's Germans for you.... ;)

I picked the 16 oz beer. By now, Gayle is becoming envious as she sipped her wine.  Sorry Dear, at least we now have an extra reason to come back.  She ordered the Rouladen special, I ordered the European sampler plate.

The food was excellent.  I liked the Goulash, but the spices seemed to clash with my beer.  Both were very good, but didn't work well together.  I would have picked a lighter beer for that dish.  The brats were perfectly flavorful, not greasy at all, and paired with a stout mustard.  The schnitzel was tender, moist and the breading was impossibly crispy.  It was a real treat.  Gayle's Rouladen was pounded wafer-thin, rolled in spices and tasty filling and a real treat.

We had the chocolate mousse for dessert.  It was flavored as a German Chocolate cake, with nuts and coconut.  Just right, a perfect ending.

The atmosphere was really nice.  It wasn't loud, there was nice music in the background (mostly German marching songs, go figure) and we were able to have a normal conversation over dinner.  I'll give it a provisional 4 stars, and if it's just as good next time, we'll add a star for consistency.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Playing Horseshoes

Horseshoe crabs mating on Florida Beach.

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For Sale - 2004 Teton Sunrise Experience 33' 5th Wheel RV

2004 Teton Sunrise Experience 33' - $22,900

Contact: David Finster

Office number: 877-977-1337

Cell: 940-395-3085


Teton Homes are true four-season living and extra heavy-duty.  We pull this trailer with a 2012 Chevy 3500 HD Dually, and would not recommend using anything less.  All plumbing is insulated and wrapped with heat tapes, baggage doors are all extra thick and insulated, extra insulation in the roof and undercarriage.  Solid wood studs in the walls, extra heavy beams, axles and springs.  This would be an idea park model home.

Don't have a truck? No problem - WE CAN DELIVER.

Excellent condition. Built for 4 season living.  Big and Tall edition – large basement storage – lots of headroom inside.

I'm 6' 4-1/2" and I have full standing headroom in bedroom and shower - something I can't say in any other 5th wheel RV we tried. The cabinets are solid wood and use those fancy adjustable hinges you see in high-end homes.  The countertops are solid Corian and have molded in backsplashes.  Heck, most RVs don't even have back-splashes.  You might not need these details when weekending, but for full-time living, these small things add up.

Photo gallery:



  • New custom flat screen TV mount and 37" TV. 
  • Customized media cabinet doors and installed fan for cooling entertainment center area
  • Upgraded 5.1 speaker system with powered subwoofer
  • Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver
  • 2 Ea. New La-Z-Boy leather recliners
It rocks. The movie watching experience in this RV is better than any home, unless you have a dedicated media room.
  • TireMinder Tire pressure Monitor including hard-wired booster and 5 sensors.
  • Replaced house batteries with Optima blue-cap and went up one size (8052-161 D31M) for extra capacity.
  • New "smart" battery charger for AGM Optima batteries
  • LED lighting upgrade - nearly all fixtures have been converted to LED. A few of the florescent overhead lights haven't been converted yet, but we hardly ever used them so it wasn't a priority.
  • Goodyear G614 tires (including new spare) - date coded 08/2012 with less than 8000 miles.
  • Entire undercarriage between axles and trailer is new - all new springs, new wet bolt kit, new shocks.
  • Brakes professionally checked and serviced
  • New microwave/convection combo oven
  • New Propane / CO2 alarm
  • New smoke detector
  • New hot water heater element
  • New water filtration system

Photo Gallery

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fresh Lunch

Gotta tell ya, life is good.  I got up early this morning, brewed some coffee from the beans I roasted yesterday (33% Brazil / 66% Guatemala blend), checked my e-mail and got a few housekeeping chores done.  

I decided to wander out back, grabbed a fishing rod and chunked a rubber shrimp in the creek.  A couple casts later, I had a some tentative strikes, so I set my mind to working the creek over.  The spotted trout were sluggish and tentative when they would hit, and they were quick to spit the lure back out.
I worked the creek over, moving up about 100 yards and slowly working back down the bank, retrieving slow, bumping on the bottom, giving the lure little twitches to get some attention from the trout.  A couple times I'd spot one stalking the lure, but not quite interested enough to hit it.  It was challenging - but that's why they call it "fishing" and not "catching". 

I managed to pull in a couple keepers during the next hour.  Just in time!  As I was bringing them in Gayle asked if I'd like a grilled cheese for lunch.  I told her no, I'd much prefer fried trout for lunch. ;)

A couple minutes with a fillet knife, a quick dredge through some seasoned flour and about 4 minutes a side in the frying pan - it's lunchtime.  

Now I guess it's time to get back to work.  These websites won't write themselves.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Well, I pulled some of the ladyfish cut bait out of the freezer, threw it on a circle hook and tossed it out in Alligator Creek.  Not much action today, got a couple catfish.  Just as it was getting dark and I was about to give up, I got a strong hit that stripped off about 20 yards of my spool before I knew what happened.  I fought him in, and fortunately Gayle was handy with the net.  We got a nice bluefish, about 2 feet long, probably 3 to 4 pounds.  I wasn't sure if they were good eating or not, I had to look it up.  I read some complaints about them being an "oily" fish, and I found one recipe that recommended lots of lemon juice and white wine.

I did the typical for a gamefish like this - I put him in an ice-water bath to draw the blood into the organs, slashed the gills to bleed him out, and waited about 10 minutes.  Then I filleted it out.  My impression was a nice firm flesh, lighter than tuna, but darker than trout or snook.  Slapped each fillet on a piece of foil, drizzled lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, some lemon pepper, a few bay leaves and a couple pats of butter.  Folded up the foil into a packet, tossed them into the oven at 350 and waited 20 minutes.

The result was awesome.  If I had to describe it, I'd call it "white salmon".  It actually tasted a lot like a nice salmon, but a bit lighter and the meat was nice and white.  If I manage to catch one of these again, I'd grill 'em on a plank, just like salmon.  Serve with lemon and dill sauce.

Of course, it's hard to beat fish when it's less than an hour from the water to the plate.  That's fresh.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Caught a few of these today.  They fight like mad - really fun.  Not much good eating, but I was told they make good bait.  So I took them home, cleaned and cut into chunks.  I put a good-size chunk on a #1 circle-hook, tossed it in and WHAM.  30 seconds later I've got a monster on the hook.  Bummer - he ran and got wrapped around a dock piling.  I don't have a boat or any way to get out to the piling and it's getting dark.  I worked it as long as I could, but the no-see-ums were killing me.  So I cut the line.  Hopefully he'll throw the hook and get caught another day.  Tomorrow I'll try again with the ladyfish cut bait.  Should be fun.

They 'aint Right.

As seen on Craigslist.  Ok, so not everything in Florida is romantic.


  • Location: CALLAWAY
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Mi Mo To

A Mi Mo To by david.finster
A Mi Mo To, a photo by david.finster on Flickr.
Another reason I love Punta Gorda - the freshest sushi I've had is just down the street.  Amimoto Japanese Restaurant has a peaceful decor and we felt like a guest, not a customer.

The miso soup was better than I've had before and the salad dressing was crisp, clean and not too sweet.  Here are some photos we took.  Highly recommended, please check it out.

Amimoto Japanese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blowing Dogs off Chains

It's Wednesday and we are still hanging out at Beverly Beach, but now we see the flip side of backing up directly to the water.  It's been blowing 30 and 40 MPH with puffs even higher all day.  Our truck and RV are now caked with this mixture of blown sand and salt that has completely covered the windows - we can't see out at all.   The RV is bucking and rocking so hard we actually are wondering if it could flip overnight.  Check out this chart from Weather Underground.

We drove down to Daytona and the surf was pretty impressive down there.  We went out on the city pier, and waves were crashing hard enough to hit us up on the pier which I estimate must be 30 feet high.  I took some video, but the tiny iPhone lens doesn't do justice to these 8 and 10 foot rollers crashing into the beach while the wind is blasting at them sideways, tearing the tops off. 

Here's an example of how much beach erosion we got overnight - this void wasn't here yesterday:

It's about 60 degrees and cold in the RV.  The RV heater isn't working and I forgot to bring our small space heater.  Fortunately I have a solution - I broke out the coffee roaster, set it to a 20 minute cycle and cranked it up.  I let the exhaust heat the room and problem solved - it's warm in the RV.  It's all-electric, so no CO emissions to worry about.

Wind is predicted to die down tomorrow, so we'll go exploring and see what else is going on in this town.  Hope it doesn't rain.