I flew back to Orange County Airport today from Portland. My cabbie picked me up at 5:30 am to go to the Hollywood MAX station, and his quiet samba soundtrack made me feel awful as we wended our way through sleeping SE. I hate leaving Portland.
My flight ended quickly, and then I had to figure out how to get from the airport to UC Irvine, a few miles away.
First task was figuring out how to exit the airport complex on foot. I had a hunch that if I wandered through a parking garage I might get out to the MacArthur Boulevard, which fronts the airport. That worked; there were even signs directing me how to get out. Once you exit, you're in a rather automobilized zone, but I figured out that if I just followed Michelson Drive, the street coming out of the airport, I could get to a bus stop in a few blocks.
On my way to Michelson and Von Karman to get the 178 I passed a rather attractive office building.
Then I waited for a few minutes for the bus and made it back to UCI in time to do reading for today's classes. John Wayne Airport is way closer to UCI than LAX is to my house, so I think I've figured out an easier way to maximize travel time vis a vis my school obligations.