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
Members only LINK
By Betty Vaughn
(http://www.bettyvaughnart.com/index.html)
Fred's Favorite Links
and Maintenance items
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.
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…  
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April Campout
Come camp with us during the week of April 18, 2019 at the Mistletoe State Park , 3725
Mistletoe Road, Appling, Ga. It is located above Augusta, Ga. Located on the 71,100-acre
Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta,  Discover the best bass fishing in the area and water sports
on Georgia’s largest reservoir or, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the
forested trails, winding creeks and scenic shoreline of Mistletoe State Park.

The campground is situated on a peninsula, offering spectacular views of both sunset and
sunrise over the open water. This campground offers "Site Specific" reservations, so keep
Fred advised of your plans and site number. Also, there are 17 geocaches to sharpen your
skills. Nearby, there are several interesting places to visit including the J. Strom Thurmond
Dam and 52MW hydro generating plant.

Fred and Patti will be your hosts.  Since we have not camped in this park, close local
eateries are unknown.  Therefor, be prepared for our normal Thursday meal to be in the park
unless otherwise advised. Also plan for regular happy hours and crunchy munchies. . .

Additional information will be posted on the April Campout page in the secured pages.
Please keep Fred advised of your plans.
Our May campout during the week of O5/16/19 will be at the Dames Ferry Ga State
Park,  9546 GA Hwy. 87, Juliette, GA 31046.

Beautiful Dames Ferry is the only campground at 3,600-acre Lake Juliette, a crystal-
clear lake formed by the Ocmulgee River. Many of the campsites have magnificent
waterfront views. Anglers can cast a line for bream, crappie, largemouth bass, striped
bass, redear and perch. Boating is limited to 25 horsepower motors. Nearby is the
small town of Juliette made famous in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The
campground is overseen by nearby High Falls State Park. This is a "Site Specific"
park so call early to reserve your specific site.


George and Janice are your Hosts.  Please keep me advised of your reservations and
site numbers.  Check back for "more information" as they develop.
May Campout