Here's the view from the balcony.
When not on the deck taking in the view, which we did a LOT of, we spent time in the spa, time in some pretty fine eating establishments, and at the beach and in the pool, hot tub, etc..
We enjoyed the amazing west coast sunsets,
and cheese plates and wine and bubbly.
But amazingly, regardless of all this loveliness, my title does not refer to me and my friends.
Don't get me wrong, we were living the (temporary) dream too. It was amazing. But I could not tear my eyes away from the local boys who came to the beach early in the morning, and stayed there until sunset - surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, body surfing. These kids were there all damn day.
They set up right under the balcony of the lowest rooms, the concrete just a few feet above their sun-kissed heads. They had their towels and wet suits and, I don't know, I would hope some snacks? I didn't see any of them smoking the green, but hey, that could very well be a testament to their undercover spot and some discretion. There were a couple of girls hanging out some of the time, but mostly it was boys. There were maybe 8 in total, almost always in the water, making the most of the swell that came in while we were there.
This resort beach, this strip of sand adjacent to the gorgeous Pacific, in this affluent seaside resort city, is their everyday. They are living the dream.They are who kids from all over the rest of the country fantasize about being when they think of living the dream. They won the damn lucky sperm lottery.
But honestly, they were so cute, and young, and athletic and, oh my goodness, I just discovered that I am not the first to get drawn into their paradisaical life! (Thank you Google.) Apparently there were 3 full seasons of an MTV reality show called none other than, Laguna Beach, a few years back. It was show that "follows eight teens living in Laguna Beach nearing the end of high school and beginning the next chapter of their lives."
These boys were younger than that. They probably ranged in age from 9 to 15, but still, it's the same draw - gorgeous youth, living the dream in an extremely moneyed, beautiful beach town.
Obviously, I should move to LA and start directing reality TV shows and start living the dream....