"I'm with Craig on this one. There is very little that a genuine smile and appology cant get you out of. If all else fails you can leagally run. Ali"
Me, too, Ali. Most of the time. My comment about guard dogs was sort a tongue in cheek way of addressing a very real issue. IME, most of the time, especially when dealing with government types, a genuine smile and an apology works wonders after the fact. Where it pays to be a bit more careful is when private property is involved. People are all over the place when it comes to their property rights, and it is prudent to inquire around if your plans include crossing private property. The locals are usually pretty forthcoming about local idiosyncrasies. It can't hurt, and just might save you a lot of grief. Lots of times just going up to the owner's house and asking will get you a free pass. My $.02.