Proposing to lease Bear Fork Hunting Club property
for the summer months, a group of health enthusiasts from New York City came to the area for a week to
spend time on the property.
“I guess I always assumed that being in the woods
was like a walk in Central Park.
Lots of trees and grass, a good place to enjoy yourself,”
said a representative of the group, “I had no idea there were so many
dangers in the woods. Like chiggers, poison ivy, poison oak and poison
sumac, hawthorns, snakes, bees, greenbriers but the worst of all were
the stinging nettles.”
Before the week was over, there was not a bottle of
Calamine lotion to be found in the county.
“We heard about this place from a friend who had
been there. I guess we just misunderstood. We thought he
was saying, “Bare” Fork, and that idea really appealed to us as
we are a group of nudists. Now we know that you can’t go natural in
nature,” said a spokesman.
The deal was canceled and the group returned to New York, much wiser but
with many welts and scratches in places we will not mention.
It has been reported that when the group
returned to the city, some of them started a heavy metal band which they
named “The Stinging Nettles” in remembrance of their week spent in the
hills of West Virginia.