Jul 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Look at Laws Before You Travel

Recently I wrote a blog warning senior travelers of some weird laws that could get one in trouble if they are not strictly abided by.  So, I found a few more for you to enjoy and consider.

Seniors, you are welcome to the Valley, but leave your six-shooter home

Don’t even consider shooting a cactus down here (Yes, I live in AZ).  When visiting Arizona, resist the temptation to shoot or manhandle the cactus. The Saguaro cactus has the state flower sitting on top and has become so endangered by people shooting holes in the plants, that damaging or cutting down a cactus can earn you up to 25 years in jail. Of course, there are other reasons not to shoot the cactus. In 1982, a man in southern Arizona shot so many holes in the trunk of a giant 28-foot cactus that it fell on him and killed him.

And no Tom-Foolery either

Many towns and states have no patience for tom foolery, so before you start prank-calling people, know that you could face steep fines. In Louisiana, ordering a good or service for someone else without them knowing can earn you a $500 fine or six months in jail. So, no ordering pizza to a friend’s house without their consent. However, in Canada, as long as you don’t threaten anyone there are no laws against prank calls.

And leave Big Foot alone will you?

If you’re planning a trip to find Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch, know that you won’t be able to hunt the elusive creature in some of its alleged natural habitat. Skamania County in Washington enacted the Sasquatch Protection Ordinance in 1969, while nearby Whatcom County declared itself a Sasquatch Refuge and Protection Area in 1992. The law is primarily aimed at preventing eager Bigfoot hunters from accidentally shooting other people, who can be mistaken for the ape-like creature. However, if you did shoot a Sasquatch, you could face $1,000 fine or five years in prison.

So come on down to the Lone Star state if you are intent on hunting Bigfoot. That law is NOT true in Texas. The Lone Star state found itself in the news in May after decreeing that, because Bigfoot was not explicitly on the list of protected animals, it is legal to hunt a Sasquatch. Keep that in mind as you plan your next Finding Bigfoot trip. Who wants to shoot Big Foot anyway?  Not me.   jeb

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