If a friend of your’s emailed you and said, “Hey, let’s meet for lunch at the Sasquatch for lunch in Verdi” what would your reaction be? I think of that scary beast that I feared every time I went out for night rides ATV’ing or snowmobiling. Even worse, the creature I knew that would come get me when I was sleeping in my tent when I was camping. Yesterday, I got over my over goofy ass fear.
Ok, I really didn’t. I’ve seen those Jack Link’s Jerky commercials. He will mess you up. But my kid, Phoenix, and I got to meet our close friend, Mike G, at The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill in Verdi, Nevada. Phoenix and I hopped into his Jeep. My favorite thing in the world to do is taking road trips with my Golden Retriever. To just get into his Jeep (yes, his Jeep) and we head out down the road with no itinerary. Only this time we were meeting our friend Mike G for lunch which only made it better.
Of course my co-pilot offered plenty of dialogue along the way. I hate him (kidding, of course, it’s part of our dialogue). And I tried something I’ve always wanted to and that is to take blind photos. Meaning to just snap and shoot while focused on something else while holding the camera with my right hand. For me, that was focused on the road and driving safe. This was with a camera not a cell phone Nevada law enforcement officers!
And I drove code three (lights and siren blaring) for 10 years as a medic or rescue responder with either the hand-held mic or fingers on the siren switch to alternate it with my right hand. So, don’t be judgmental and I love and respect ya guys and gals in the field for all the amazing work you do! I mean that. And that does NOT justify me not having two hands on the wheel for you kids out there.
Question, why are there birds chirping up a storm at 4:30 a.m. in the morning right now? Weird.
I would try this with my Canon snap and shoot camera in my right hand. Trust me, I got flat out lucky with several of these photos.
Ok, let’s get going! Lots of comments from my kid.
“Let’s Roll!” Best road trip partner ever…
“It’s still in Park, dumb ass..” Ok, best smart ass road trip partner ever…
I’m not a fan of Elvis’ music. But, his ‘Suspicious Mind’ song came on. No hidden meaning whatsoever. Just a great road trip rhythm and beat.
The sunroof was open. What a glorious beautiful day!
You head out West on I-80 out of Reno and take the East Verdi exit.
That would be Exit 5.
I just wanted us to keep driving and not stop until we wound up at the ocean.
I’m mega respectful of bicyclist so we slowed way down and passed far to the left.
If you are in Verdi and need groceries the River Belle Market has it. Ok, we didn’t go in there so hopefully they have it if you need something.
The Verdi Mining Company. So, we can go panning for gold and have spaghetti afterwards? Sweet!
The US Postal Service is there for you, Crap, I forgot to mail a birthday card.
On that yellow board. Verdi Armory. Guns. On a water tower. Hmm…we didn’t see any snipers.
I have both GPS and GPP (Global Positioning Phoenix) in his Jeep.
“Gawd, this is fun! And I can’t see a damn thing!”
“Shit, there’s a policeman behind you, Daddy!”
I let off the accelerator.
My failed attempt to take a pic of what was in my rear view mirror.
“LMAO!! There’s no one there, Daddy! Gotcha!” I hate him.
We were there and Mike G pulled up a minute later!
Check out this awesome outdoor dining deck.
Our very close friend, Mike G. Gawd we love him!
Our wonderful waitress, Sarah, started us out with drinks. I had caffeine free Sierra Mist. He went with the heavier Diet Coke. We would drive him home if necessary.
Mike G can tell the coolest stories. I can just sit there and listen to him for hours. He always engages me in talk asking about my and Phoenix’s life. He grabbed my camera and took a snap shot, “Mike, I wonder how long those trees took to grow like that?” Very cool, huh?
Another very close friend of our’s, Mike S, and I were in this bar many years ago. It was into the wee hours after a midnight ATV ride that we went on. Good times.
They have this awesome Sasquatch and Bigfoot memorabilia case.
Then our Crisp Calamari appetizer arrived. OMG. You can’t see what’s underneath.
That’s a mushroom dijon cream sauce with parmesan cheese and scallions. There was a light crunch to the perfectly cooked calamari. But, this was insanely good! Mike and I didn’t talk much for a few minutes as our taste buds were captivated.
Mike got the half pound Big Foot Burger with onion rings. The toasted garlic, parmesan bread was a great glove for that mammoth burger. Red onions, cheddar cheese and some type of thousand island dressing caused Mike to only be able to eat half of the entree.
Folks, I have had plenty of authentic tacos including those in Mexico. These had a corn tortilla, crispy perfectly cooked shrimp, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce, shredded cheddar and avocado. Best. Taco. Ever. I’m so not kidding.
Mike and my dog bonded 10 years ago. Phoenix absolutely idolizes him.
Look carefully, We are looking in different directions. Remember him punking me on the police officer behind us? He says here, “There’s a coyote trotting down the middle of the highway. No, really.”
Well, I will be damned. I took me a bit to even get this pic.
Headed home. One happy Daddy. One happy Phoenix. This was a really good day.
I highly, highly recommend that any time you and your friend or the love in your life want something relaxing and fun, a great drive and amazing eats. Please take a drive out to to Verdi, Nevada to The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill. Ask for Sarah and I hope she’s working. Just don’t bring up the Yankees as my ball cap revealed. She’s a die hard Red Sox fan. Oy vey…