Welcome to the Metter, GA RoadRunner's
Camping Club Web Site.
Club President 2019
Norm Schoppenhorst AB9FC
Email: AB9FC@arrl.Net

Information about this web site may be obtained
from the Editor at: fred@fredandpatti.com
By Betty Vaughn
(http://www.bettyvaughnart.com/index.html)
This Camping Club consists of Southern
Ladies and Gentlemen who normally
meet
doing the week of the 3rd 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.
  
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…  
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November Campout
Our November camp out during the week of November 18-23 will be at the George L Smith Ga
State Park near Twin City, Ga.   With natural beauty, lakeside camping and cozy cottages, this
secluded park is the perfect south Georgia retreat. It is best known for the refurbished Parrish
Mill and Pond, a combination gristmill, saw mill, covered bridge and dam built in 1880. A group
shelter near the bridge is popular for family reunions and parties. Some campsites sit right on
the water’s edge, while cottages with gas fireplaces and screened porches are nestled into the
woods.

The park’s mill pond beckons anglers and paddlers to explore thick stands of cypress and
tupelo trees draped with Spanish moss. Canoeists and kayakers can join the Park Paddlers
Club. While on the water, nature enthusiasts can look for beaver dams, blue heron, white ibis
and other wading birds. The park rents boats, and nearby outfitters offer guided paddle trips.
Hikers can stretch their legs on seven miles of trails while searching for gopher tortoises,
Georgia’s state reptile, bird watching and Geocaches.

Fran and Lloyd will be hosting this camp out and looking forward to a grand affair.  We hope to
have great happy hours and further information to be published concerning our Thursday
meeting and dinner.

Don't forget, this is a Site Specific park where you choose your site number and a park with
only 21 sites available
. Please keep Fred informed of your plans and site number. Also their
Annual Sugar Cane Festival is Nov. 16 and some campers may stay for a few days.
December Campout
Our December campout during the week of Dec 19 will be at the F.D. Roosevelt State
Park near Pine Mountain.  We camped there in the past and was an exceptional camp
out.  This is a huge Park with many beautiful overlooks and trails with geocaches.

At 9,049 acres, Georgia’s largest state park is a hiker’s and backpacker’s haven. More
than 40 miles of trails, including the popular 23 mile Pine Mountain Trail, wind through
hardwood and pines, over creeks and past small waterfalls. Many visitors are
surprised to find rolling mountains 80 miles southwest of Atlanta. Above King’s Gap is
Dowdell’s Knob where President Franklin D. Roosevelt sometimes picnicked and
pondered world affairs. A life-size sculpture of the president now welcomes visitors to
the overlook.

Several park amenities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great
Depression, including cottages and the Liberty Bell swimming pool fed by cool springs.
A wooded campground sits near the edge of a small fishing lake, and privately
operated stables offer guided horseback rides. In 1924, FDR came to this part of
Georgia to swim in naturally warm springs that offered relief from polio. Today, nearby
Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site invites visitors to see his modest
home, a museum and the pools that first drew him here.

This campout is hosted by George and Janice and they hope for a large gathering.  
Please keep Fred advised of your plans what site number you have reserved.  
Remember, this is a
Site Specific park. More information later.
February Campout 2020
Orlando!  Several members of the Metter RoadRunners will be attending the  2020
Orlando Hamcation, Feb. 5-9 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial
Drive. The parking for RV's begins at
2PM Wednesday Feb. 5, 2018.  The Fairground
camping area is an open area with water, limited  quantity of 50/30/20 amp plugs on the
light poles and a dumpsite. You will need a water "wye" fitting to connect to the water
supply. The Hamfest and buildings open Friday 9AM - 5PM, Saturday 9 - 5PM and
Sunday 9 - 2 PM.

Go to
RV Parking/Reservation for information -  You can reserve your RV Pass and
entrance tickets using their online reservation system or by postal mail until January
31st, 2019. After that date PLEASE DO NOT MAIL IN A REGISTRATION.
ALL credentials
will be held at the RV check-in located near the SOUTH GATE for pick up on your
arrival
. Also, RV spaces will be available via 'in-person' at the HamCation event starting
Wednesday February 5-9 at 2PM.

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. A new
map?? (Parking??) will be published later.

T
he Metter RoadRunners will not have a regular Meeting or dinner 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 $35.00 a night?

Patti and I have reservations and plan to arrive Wed. afternoon.