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Bares in the Woods

By on 6.24.08 | 9:17PM

Since you started it, Antle, I am bearing this tale from the trail:

Several hikers ran across eight bares last week in Gathland State Park.
A group of men between the ages of 40 and 60 reportedly disrobed and started walking along the trail, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.
About 10:30 a.m. Friday, a man was in the park when he saw the men gathering near the Appalachian Trail. He then saw them hiking in nothing but their shoes, Turner said. . . .
The officer soon found a group of 10 men, wearing clothes, and determined they had been hiking naked, Turner said. . . .
No charges were filed, Turner said, because the officer did not catch them hiking naked. . . .
Had they been caught in the act, they could have been charged with indecent exposure, which carries a maximum $500 fine for first-time offenders.
Turner could not confirm such an event exists, but said he has heard of an unofficially proclaimed National Nude Hiking Day.
Such, you see, are the bare facts of the case. This incident happened in Maryland, not far from my home, but don't worry -- I have an ironclad alibi.
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