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…  
February
Orlando! The Metter RoadRunners plan to attend the 2018 Orlando Hamcation, Feb.9 -
11 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive. The parking for Rv's
begins at 2PM Wednesday Feb, 07, 2018.  The fairground camping area is an open
area with water, limited  quanity of 50/30/20 amp plugs on the light poles and a
dumpsite. The Hamfest and buildings open Friday 9AM - 5PM, Saturday 9 - 5PM and
Sunday 9 - 2 PM.

Go to
RV Parking/Reservation for information - rates are $30.00 per night, plus each
person in vehicle must also purchase a Hamcation Admission Ticket.  
Pre-Registration ends December 31, 2018.  Reservations received after December 31,
2016 and those sent without the REQUIRED #10 self-address stamped envelope will
be held at the RV (South) gate in "Will-Call".

Normally, the WBCCI group park by the lake where they have the daily happy hours,
prizes, eats, etc. The RoadRunners will join the WBCCI for happy hours ETC - just
bring your munchies, beverages and chairs for a fun time. Times to be announced.

The Metter RoadRunners will not have our regular Thursday Meeting due to other
activities.

This time of year, be prepared for balmy weather, very cold weather, or very wet
weather.  Even if you are not a Amateur Radio enthusiast, there is a lot to do and see
in Orlando, besides, where can you park your RV in the Orlando area for $30.00 a
night?
The Metter RoadRunners campout during the week of April 9 - 13 2018 will be held at
the
Laura S. Walker Ga State Park near Waycross, Ga.  Wander among the pines at
Laura S. Walker, the first state park named for a woman, an oasis that shares many
features with the unique Okefenokee Swamp, where you can enjoy the serene lake,
play rounds on a championship golf course, and stroll along the trails and natural
communities in this southeast Georgia haven.  This park is normally well maintained
with shade provided by tall pines.

Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is
home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous
pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trails, visitors may
spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted
flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities
for fishing, swimming, and geocaching.

The city of Waycross, close by, has many shops and eateries.  If you arrive earlier,
you can attend the Waycross "
Swampfest"  April 6-7.

Fred and Patti will be the host's. Plan on happy hours, cook-out's and social activities.


Come and join us for a great campout.  More information is on the secured pages.
We need a volunteer for this Campout.
March Campout