Welcome to the Metter, GA RoadRunner's
Camping Club Web Site.
Club President 2018 - George Lilley, KL7IEK
Email: GLilley01@gmail.com

Information about this web site may be obtained
from the Editor at: fred@fredandpatti.com
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This Camping Club consists of Southern Ladies
and Gentlemen who normally meet the 2'nd
Thursday of each month in different camp
grounds for social gatherings and camping fun.
Several of our group are Amateur Radio
Operators (Ham Radio) and "sport" different
antenna's on their coaches and toads. Also,
some members are into Geocaching. (Ga. State
parks is a treasure cove for geocaching.)

The purpose of this web site is to keep our
members and friends informed of future
planned activities. Should any non-member
stumble on this web site, the welcome mat is
always open - please contact the club
president for more information.
Metter RoadRunner
Memorials
       
The Metter Roadrunner
George Lilley   KL7IEK
Road·run·ner -ˈrōdˌrənər noun – a slender fast-running bird
of the cuckoo family, found chiefly in arid country from the
southern US to Central America.
But what is the infamous Metter Roadrunner?  Still belonging to
the cuckoo family, the Eastern Metter Roadrunner is a rare bird
indeed.  It can only be seen during the second week of each
month.  It only ventures out of its nest Monday through Friday.  
This behavior may seem strange, but it makes perfect sense
when you consider the number of Weekend wily coyotes found
lurking throughout the Georgia State Parks.  Some weird habits
that are observed of this strange member of the cuckoo family are
its eating habits.  It is reported that this strange bird will eat
extreme amounts of food during the week it spends out of the
nest.  Then the bird returns to its nesting area, eating very little so
as to motivate it to return month after month to a new feeding
location.
The Metter Roadrunner has a very strange call.  Some have said
that it sounds like random groups of letters that are blurted out at
very high frequencies.  Some have said that they have captured
these strange vocalizations; i.e. WK1F, WK1E, W4CYJ, N4FOH,
W4TFK, etc.  One of the rarest calls reportedly is that of the Arctic
Roadrunner which is often found flocking with its southern
cousin.  The Arctic Roadrunner’s haunting call sounds like
KL7IEK.  Many of these strange sounds can also be heard calling
out to other migrating birds, most commonly the migrating Snow
Bird, between 0700 to 0900 each day of the week. This is strange
behavior indeed.
I’ve heard it said that these strange creatures actually take a
mobile nest with them and can be captured at many of Georgia’s
state parks and numerous other wooded camping areas.  It’s said
that this behavior is driven by its need to escape from the
weekend wily coyotes trying to take part in the Metter
Roadrunners feeding habits.
So here is hoping that in your travels through the great southeast
you get the chance see one of these rare birds.  I really hope that
you can get a picture of one or two of them. If you do, please try
to get it into the next news-letter.  Be very careful, it has been said
that the habits of this bird can be catching.
Cheers George, AKA the strange bird from up north KL7IEK,
squawk, squawk, squawk…  
May Camp out
Our May campout during the week of 05/10/18 will be at the Ga. State Park
Reed Bingham
, Near Adel Ga. The camp ground is located about 6 miles west
of I-75, Exit 39. This park was named for Amos Reed Bingham who was
instrumental in having the park established. The park's focal point is a 375
acre lake and is popular with boaters and skiers, and fishing for bass, crappie,
catfish and bream. Visitors to this pretty park usually see abundant wildlife,
including species such as gopher tortoises, yellow bellied sliders and indigo
snakes. Nesting bald eagles are often seen in winter. American alligators are
often seen sunning along the lake's edge. During winter, thousands of black
vultures and turkey vultures, roost in the trees and soar overhead. Nearly 80
percent of the Coastal Plain's plant community can be found along the park's
Coastal Plain Nature Trail, making this park's habitat some of the most diverse
in the country. There are over 24 geocaches in this park.

If you have time, explore Adel, Ga. A few good places to eat, and visit the Jim
Paulk-Sowega building, which is known as the Watermelon Building for its
exterior watermelon motif. A New Deal mural called Plantation Scene was
painted on the side of the post office in 1941 by Alice Flint. Incidently, before
modern highway improvements, Adel was called "Puddleville".

This park now accepts "site" specific reservations.

You host's for this event is Janice and George.  Check back for more
information later.
June Campout
OK RoadRunners, we need host's for

June, July, August, September, October and November.

Where would you like to go?