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Join Us for the Annual Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip

Meet at the Barstow campground for a weekend of hiking, fossil hunting, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones around the campfire. With this year’s abundance of rain and erosion, we expect a successful expedition. Kids are welcome to join us. If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Don Lofgren at

Friday, May 5
The early birds will arrive at the campground before dinner to set up camp, complete with a cooking station with two barbeques, charcoal and lighter, gas stoves, coffee pots and cooking utensils. We will have an evening campfire to gather for conversation, cool beverages and more.
* Guests are welcome to arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning by 8:45am when we leave for the day. You will not be able to find us if you do not leave with the group.
Saturday, May 6
Just like Ray did with his students 50 years ago, the Museum will supply the same peccary pans and a breakfast of golden brown pancakes, bacon, and eggs. After breakfast, it’s out to the Badlands to search for the documents of life. We leave camp by 9:00am; please have arrived and be ready to go by 8:45am. We drive out to sites about 20 minutes away from the campground. If you can, please bring a high clearance vehicle, or ride with someone who does. The museum will supply the fossil collecting tools. We will be away from camp until 4:00pm, so pack a sack lunch to bring in your backpack. At the end of the day, it’s back to camp for a BBQ dinner and campfire gathering that includes a raffle for prizes and singing the Peccary Song. Museum Board Chair Larry Ashton ’70 leads the evening activities.
Sunday, May 7
After breakfast we will visit the original peccary site from 1936 where Bill Webb ’39 found the skull of a fossil pig, a discovery that inspired Ray Alf to pursue a career in paleontology. We will also hike around Rainbow Basin and see the beautiful Barstow Syncline. We will then return to the campground around 11:00am to pack up and head home.
There is no charge for the trip and participants can come and go at their discretion. There is a $6 per night charge for camping which is paid directly to the BLM via envelopes. The campground has no running water but has outhouses, and there are swing sets for kids. Some participants opt to bring an RV or stay overnight in Barstow.
Breakfast foods are provided by the Museum. Attendees should bring a lunch and snacks for in the field, as well as food and drinks for dinner. The Museum does bring barrels of water for refilling bottles.
Equipment List
Real hiking boots with tread
Large Refillable Water Bottles
Sleeping Bag & Pad
Camp Chair
Appropriate Hiking Attire
Warm Sweater and Jacket for Chilly Desert Nights

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