Back in the USA
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At the airport we unloaded again. This time the other groups headed to check-in; they would be home in a few hours. The Riva Trace people, however, walked away from Terminal One and loaded into three vans to head to our hotel not far from the San Diego Harbor area. The driver for our van was very friendly and quick to give restaurant recommendations. Josh had already started the check-in process when we arrived at the hotel. Since we were two hours too early for the rooms to be ready, they had us put tags on our bags and then we left them in the breakfast room which I assumed would be locked. After that we broke up into smaller groups. I set off on a 2 1/4 mile hike for a burger. Yes, over 4 miles round trip for a meal.
Back at the hotel we retrieved our bags from the breakfast room and headed up to our rooms. While Ashley got a shower, I started to rearrange my suitcase. However, I soon noticed that things weren't right. Closer inspection revealed that I was missing a pair of pants, three shirts, a skirt, and two bandanas. All of my clean clothes (except for underwear at least). After talking with some of the other girls who had slept in bunks near mine and learning they had not picked up my clothes by accident, I decided that somehow I must have left the clothes at the ranch. Upset, I went down to the front desk to inquire about a laundry in the hotel. After trading some bills for quarters, I ran into two of the other girls and learned that they were also missing items.
Krista, Emily, and Mark were close to arriving at the hotel by now so Ashley and I decided to go down to the breakfast room to get their bags. We figured that after working in the soil all day, they would want to be able to shower as quickly as possible. Oddly, enough the maids could not get the door unlocked. Two different ladies tried to open it, but eventually they had to get a maintenance man to open it. By then our three friends had made it to the hotel and were also waiting.
We went out to dinner that night at Oggio's, a restaurant a short distance from the hotel. They seated us outdoors, our group of 27 and then Randy's family (5 more people, I think). I got to sit next to the heater which made me very happy.
After saying a final round of good-byes to Randy's family, Josh drove them over to their hotel while the rest of us went up to Dennis's room for a debrief. We were definitely tired as several people talked about what they had seen and learned over the past few days. I had to focus on not falling asleep towards the end.
Back in the room I dug out my pillow. We had the TV turned on to House as we finished getting ready for bed, but it wasn't long before we were turning off the lights.