Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bizarre Arizona Laws

Here are some crazy laws in Arizona that have made it onto the books:

1. Hunting camels is prohibited. (Good, I wouldn’t want to see a dead camel head in a den.)

2. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony. (Is pink ok?)

3. There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus. (Only 5 years for kicking it.)

4. Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs. (What if he falls asleep while taking a bath?)

5. A class 2 misdemeanor occurs if one places a mark upon a flag which is “likely to provoke physical retaliation”. (You can yell like a sailor all you want and not get fined.)

6. It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine. (The real stuff is ok?)

7. When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other people possess. (“Excuse me, can I have your gun so I can shoot you, thanks.”)

8. It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water. (This makes sense since it gets to over 120 frickin' degrees here in the summer!)

9. You may not have more than two dildos in a house (Who is going to check this out, the Dildo Police?)

10. In Globe, cards many not be played in the street with a Native American. (What about the sidewalks, are they ok?)

11. In Hayden, if you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, you will be fined. (Does that include teasing them?)

12. In Maricopa County, no more than six girls may live in any house. (With only two dildos? I’m not going there, lol)

13. In Mesa, it is illegal to smoke cigarettes within 15 feet of a public place unless you have a Class 12 liqueur license. (Whatever!)

14. In Mohave County, a decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash him with it until it is all used up. (A clean getaway, NOT!)

15. In Nogales, an ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders. (Looks like Larry King will not be welcomed there.)

16. In Prescott, no one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house. (They have no one who will clean up the poop.)

17. In Tempe, one must be 18 years old to buy spray paint. (You have to be an adult to tag these days.)

18. In Tombstone, It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling. (What fur, we ain’t done nuttin’ wrong. Go git my wife/sister to hurry with the vittles.)

19. In Tucson, women may not wear pants. (Pants or panties? Perhaps both?)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Yep, It Was Filmed in Arizona

With its many different scenery throughout the state and liberal tax breaks, Arizona is the perfect place to film a movie.  Even in the 2006 movie “Little Miss Sunshine” featured Arizona’s Carefree Highway and mentioned Scottsdale.  The opening runs of the movie Psycho highlighted downtown Phoenix.  Here are just some of the movies that were filmed throughout Arizona:

In the 1989 movie, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the boys lived in the city of San Dimas, CA, but in reality they were in Arizona.  They filmed in and around Coronado High School in Scottsdale as well as Metrocenter Mall and Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa where Napoleon had a blast riding the slides.

When giant spiders attacked the town of Prosperity, AZ, they were really running amuck in Superior in the 2002 movie Eight Legged Freaks.  While David Arquette and others were running for cover, the spiders can be seen crawling all over the historic buildings in this small town.  Also, the Valley West Mall in Glendale was set to be demoed so why not let them blow it up in a movie.

Downtown Phoenix didn’t fare well in the 1978 movie A Fire in the Sky.  Richard Crenna starred in this movie where a comet could be seen racing towards the city and destroying all the buildings.  You can see the Hyatt Regency and its round restaurant on top come crashing down.

In the 1990 movie The Grifters, starring John Cusack and Anjelica Huston, the old Phoenix City Hall was used as a police station.

In the 1968 version of the Planet of the Apes, it appeals that Charlton Heston and his men’s spacecraft came to settle on an unknown planet.  In reality, they came to rest in Lake Powell.  Other places such as Glen Canyon near Page were used as another area on this mysterious planet.

“Show me the money” is the famous line uttered by Cuba Gooding Jr. in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.  The movie featured Arizona State University’s football stadium, Sun Devil Stadium.  They used the stadium for the Arizona Cardinal’s playing field.

The Kingdom was a 2007 film which featured areas along the 101 Highway.  The area has the look of being in Saudi Arabia.  I remember them closing down the highway to film this movie.

The 1988 movie Midnight Run was an unappreciated comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.  They were both funny as a bounty hunter (De Niro) protecting a former mob accountant (Grodin) driving cross country while experiencing a misadventure.  Many of the scenes were filmed in Flagstaff, Globe, Cottonwood and the upper Salt River Canyon.

Raising Arizona was a quirky 1987 movie which starred Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter.  When a young couple a faced with the reality that they can’t have children, they hatch a plan to take one of the “Arizona Quints”.  These boys are sons of bigtime furniture tycoon whose name is Nathan Arizona.  Many of the scenes were filmed with the Superstition Mountains, Camelback Mountain and Sun Devil Stadium in the background.

It may appear that Gilbert and Lewis in the 1984 movie Revenge of the Nerds attended Adams College, in reality they were at the University of Arizona.  Many areas around the campus were used as dorms, the gym, Cochise Hall and Greek Row.

When best friends, Thelma & Louise (1991), went on the run to Mexico in their awesome 1966 Ford Thunderbird, they drove through many parts of Arizona.  As we all know, the movie ended when they directed the car into the Grand Canyon to avoid getting caught.

Of course many westerns were filmed in the state including the 1993 movie Tombstone.  This movie starred Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and an incredible performance by Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.  Even though the town of Tombstone exists, the movie was filmed at the Old Tucson Studios.

In the 1983 movie Vacation with Chevy Chase, his character, Clark Griswalt takes his family across country on a trip to Wally World.  Things don’t go smoothly as you can imagine.  Some of the scenes were filmed in Arizona including a stop at the Grand Canyon.

There have been numerous more movie filmed in my state of Arizona and I am hoping there will be countless more.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Paranormal Geeks Book: Refreshed and Updated

Sharon went into our Paranormal Geeks book and updated lots of the information.  She removed things that did not apply anymore and added interesting knowledge about paranormal geeks.  Check out the new and improved copy of Paranormal Geeks book.

And don't forget our tween book, Paranormal Geeks Gang.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Arizona Bigfoot Sightings

Like many of the states, Arizona has had its share of Bigfoot sightings.  A couple years ago, Sharon and I went to a taping of the show Finding Bigfoot in Payson, AZ.  It was interesting to see behind the scenes, but the Bigfoot stories were incredible.  Many were seen in the Payson area, but there have been sightings noted all over the state.  Here are some just in case you wanted to look for Bigfoot in Arizona. 

The White Tanks Bigfoot
A few miles west of Phoenix are the White Tanks where a few Bigfoot sightings have been made. Now, along with the coyotes, snakes, scorpions and other desert critters, we have a Bigfoot too.

Here is just one story I found:  “It was back in 1993 or 1994 when three high school boys decided to take a late night drive in the desert. They ended up on the dirt roads of the White Tanks Mountains near the park entrance to take a break. It must have been around 11:00 pm when they began hearing lots of commotion amongst the bushes. They blew it off as being a small animal, perhaps a rabbit. The movement continued which had one of the boys scratching his head. He told his friends that he had been hunting all his life and never experienced any animal circling him in the woods, even more so in the desert. The three boys started to get nervous and scared. They jumped out of the jeep with flashlights in hand shining them into the dark desert. As the noise got closer in front of their vehicle, the flashlights brightness caught a large erect animal standing behind a 6 foot tall Creosote bush. The creature was still moving, and looked at them as it emerged from behind the bush. With only two strides, it crossed the road and disappeared in the darkness of the desert. The three boys were not sure exactly what they saw but they all describe the animal as being 7-8 feet tall, walking on two legs, massive shoulders with two-toned tan and brown hair. The hair on the creature was nothing like a dog or bear’s fur and looked to be thin, approximately 3-4 inches long. It appeared to not have a neck or it was just too short to notice one. After watching shows featuring Bigfoot and seeing renditions, they all came to the conclusion that they witnessed seeing a Bigfoot.”

The Mogollon Monster
In Arizona, we have many sightings along the rim country stretching from Prescott to Williams, Winslow to the Herber area, and into Payson.  It got its name from the many sightings along the Mogollon Rim.  People have describe what they saw as around seven feet tall, hairless in the face, but with its body covered with hair.  The hair has been noted as being dark or reddish brown.  This creature has enormous strides when it walks and runs, leaving footprints that have measured around twenty-two inches. Those who had an encounter while in the forest have said there were just dead silence and a foul odor right before seeing the Mogollon monster.  Some claim they didn't see it but smelt the stench, heard branches breaking, and knew something was watching them.

One of the first known encounters was in the mid-1940s by a cryptozoologist, Don Davis, who was thirteen years old at the time and camping with his fellow Scouts near Tonto Creek.  It was late in the night when he was awoken by something or someone rummaging through their things.  Davis yelled out thinking it was one of the scouts and a huge, dark figure approached his tent and stood near him.  He describes his encounter like this:

"The creature was huge.  Its eyes were deep set and hard to see, but they seemed expressionless.  His face seemed pretty much devoid of hair, but there seemed to be hair along the side of his face.  His chest, shoulders, and arms were massive, especially the upper arms; easily upwards of 6 inches in diameter, perhaps much, much more.  I could see he was pretty hairy, but didn't observe really how thick the body hair was.  The face/head was very square, square sides and squared up chin, like a box."

The White Mountains
One of Arizona’s most beautiful areas is the White Mountains in the north eastern part of the state.  Many escape the blistering heat of Phoenix in the summer to cool off in the lakes, streams, and forest of the White Mountains.  My family and I have been there many times camping and have always enjoyed it. But inside the pine trees and babbling brooks holds many mysteries. 

While in search of Bigfoot, investigators have found footprints, hair samples, and other unusual information in an area where a sighting was reported.  The hair and plant samples were sent to a lab for analysis where it was concluded that the hair was “non-human animal origin”.  The cast of the footprint became famous and known as the “Skookam Cast”.  In the Diamond Creek area more unusual footprints were also found.   They were not as pronounced in shape as the “Skookam Cast” but enough to say they were worth looking at and doing castings of the images.   In the surrounding areas, many have reported seeing a large, black, hairy, man-like creature standing in the pines.  Only some have come in contact, but most of the reports are of sightings of the creature just standing or moving amongst the trees.  There have also been numerous reports and sightings from the White Mountain Apache law enforcement.  Most have seen a large hairy man-like bipedal creature in the woods while making their rounds.

In the pines of Prescott many have reported not only seeing a large hairy creature, but have heard loud eerie screams, whoops, and wood knocking.  One farmer tells a story about his 10 year old pit-bull/shepherd mix disappearing one day without a trace.  This dog never left the property, so he became worried.  A few days later, his son found the dogs remains 14 feet up in a pine tree.  Its neck had been snapped and there were no signs that a bear or mountain lion could have been responsible.  It appeared that the dog was just tossed up into the tree.  They could not explain what happened.  Shortly after that incident, he noticed sheep and rams had gone missing.  After hearing stories of Bigfoot creatures being seen in the area, he wondered if that is what killed his animals.  This is just one of many stories people have reported about witnessing a Bigfoot in the Prescott area.

When Sharon and I took the back highway, Highway 89A, from Wickenburg to Prescott, we had an interesting experience.  While on the road in the forest area, three deer ran across the highway right in front of us.  They were hauling ass as if something was chasing them.  Many of our friends wondered if a Bigfoot was chasing them because that area was a hotbed of Bigfoot sightings.  We will never know because we didn’t stop to check it out.

With all the tall and thick blanket of Ponderosa Pine trees, it is not surprising that people have witnessed and reported seeing a Bigfoot in the area.  Sharon and I stayed in a cabin near Lake Mary just outside of Flagstaff to conduct a Bigfoot investigation.  We brought along a couple of friends and my husband.  We took a nighttime hike in the dark woods but never seen or heard anything that could indicate a Bigfoot was present.  It was very creepy and we felt like someone or something was watching us.  That was a fun experience.

There are many stories of people hunting in the woods and coming across broken branches, branches bent to form a shelter, weird symbols made from branches, and a very pungent smell.  Some have seen a tall hairy bipedal creature running through the woods or watching them from behind trees.  Some have reported large rocks being thrown at them.  Lots of people love hiking the woods, but after witnessing a Bigfoot, they will not enter the forest again.

Grand Canyon
You are probably thinking, the Grand Canyon, but why not?  For many years the story of the “Wild Man” has be circulating around the area.  He was first seen in 1903, but some say he is just an Urban Legend.  Although they may have rejected the Wild Man as being a Bigfoot, there have been countless stories of people seeing a Bigfoot in or around the Grand Canyon.   Large hairy man-like creatures have been seen walking throughout the trees or just standing and watching the people in the area.  Some have reported capturing a Bigfoot on video, but hard to say what they caught.  Here are a couple of videos I found on YouTube.  You can judge for yourself.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Urban Exploring: The Shacks

While driving around Gila Bend, AZ, Sharon and I found these abandoned shacks.  The look like small abodes for workers or possibly motel rooms.  We were not quite sure, but they did make great subjects for our urban exploration.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Check In... Never!

This motel has been abandoned for years.  No one stays here anymore except for the occasional hobo or critter.  I have been taking photos of this place for five years and I still see new things to shoot.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Burning Down the House

It was five years ago that Sharon and I came across this burnt house just by chance.  We were looking for an old cemetery in Mobile, AZ, and this place caught our eyes.  In the past five years, it basically looks the same but a bit more disheveled.  The barn in the back used to have walls five years ago, but most of them have fallen down.  When Sharon took a reading on the barn for our Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition) book, she picked up that a goat farmer used to live there.  While photographing these structures last month, a young man stopped by and wanted to know if we were the realtors or owners of the property.  We told him we were just urban explorers photographing what was left of the place.  He then said that his father once lived there and he had goats.  She was so happy to be validated for her reading.  Maybe we will drive by there in a couple years to see if someone finally tore down the house and rebuilt on the land.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We Are Moving!

A view down the street from our front yard.
My hubby and I bought a house after almost 5 years of renting.  Yahoo!!  If you don't see many new posts, it's because I am busy unpacking and putting things in their place.  As soon as we are settled, I will be back to posting regularly.  Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the new house.  Actually, the house was built in 1967, but it is new to us.  I can't wait to start decorating it.