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

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…  

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.

OK RoadRunners and friends, below is our planned itinerary for the next couple of months. So, get those RV’s on the road and enjoy some friendship ,food, happy hours and visit some interesting places along the way. Your tires are round for a purpose – just keep them rolling! As always, please keep me advised of your attendance plans for our planning purposes.

 

Our April campout during the week of  4/16/20 will be at the Reed Bingham, Ga  State Park, near Adel, Ga.  From  Adel: Exit 39 on I-75: Follow signs on Highway 37 to the park.

Approximately 6 miles from the interstate (I-75).  The campground is west of I-75.

A 375 acre lake is popular with boaters and skiers, and fishing for bass, crappie, catfish and bream is excellent. Paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks to explore this beautiful lake lined with fragrant water lilies and tupelo trees. Guided pontoon boat tours are sometimes offered during events. The beach side pavilion, picnic shelters and group shelters are scenic spots for parties, reunions and other celebrations. Several trails exist with 16 geocaches – I found 8 during our last campout there.

 

Reed Bingham is less than six miles from I-75, making it a relaxing stop for travelers. It was named for Amos Reed Bingham who was instrumental in having the park established. 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.

 

George and Janice will be our hosts and please keep me advised of your reservations and site number – don’t forget, Ga State Parks are now site specific. More information later about happy hours and dining.

Campout
 All camping for the Metter RoadRunners has been temporally suspended due to the Coronavious Pandemic until further notice.
 
Once we get an “All Clear” for outdoor events, we will attempt to get back to some camping. Keep checking this web site
 
In the mean time, HUNKER DOWN and keep updated.