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It’s time to reblog this old post. Hopefully, we’ll soon be in the same apartment as last year and we’ll enjoy meeting old friends and Hollywood in Florida.

About Pocono Manor.

What is Pocono Manor?

Wikipedia says: “Pocono Manor is an unincorporated community in Monroe CountyPennsylvaniaUnited States, located at approximately latitude 41.1 and longitude -75.359, at an elevation of 1,706 feet, on Pennsylvania State Highway 314 east of Pocono Summit and west of Swiftwater.[1] It is the location of a resort and golf course called The Inn at Pocono Manor, with a Donald Ross-designed golf course,[2] site of the Pocono Northeast Classic; and of the Pocono Manor Historic District.”

We are now in Pocono Manor and it is clear that the definition above is not very good.

First of all, there is the Carriage House in Pocono Manor. It is an independent time-sharing property.

Secondly, there are many private houses (the Cottage Colony).

Thirdly, until last year there were two 18-holes golf courses. Currently one course is intact and the other has only three holes (see below).

In 2013 a part of Pocono Manor bought by the family owned Kalahari Resorts. It started on the territory of the western golf course construction of the largest in the world indoor water park, a huge convention center, a separate outdoor water park and other facilities. You can read about Kalahari in Pocono Manor HERE.

It is very interesting how Pocono Manor was born and progressed. You can read about it HERE, see views of the Inn at Pocono Manor and read about its operations.

Today I want to show you my photos of two houses on the Manor Drive (it is a major asphalt road in Pocono Manor). Near the Inn Manor Drive is very narrow (one way traffic). Some houses are on a hill above the drive and houses on the other side of it are below the drive.

ONE OF HOUSES ON THE HILL (MANOR DRIVE) by JF.

A HOUSE ON THE HILLY SIDE OF MANOR DRIVE                              by  JF.

 

A HOUSE ON THE OTHER  SIDE OF MANOR DRIVE. by JF

A HOUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MANOR DRIVE                             by JF

 

A beautiful country!

A beautiful girl whom I love very much (Renee B.) made three photos below.

Please describe what you see on each photo, what you feel and let us know what  country it is.

It is sunny and warm in Pocono Manor today and I spent this morning taking pictures. You will see them soon (it is not a threat).

Enjoy life! It’s a gift!

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No worries or one night in Crimea.

In June of 1959 after meeting for 19 hours during 1,5 month my wife and I decided to marry. Then it was time for a honeymoon.

We could not afford a long one as we were very busy. She was designing a new machine for creating chemical fibers. I was working on my dissertation. Both of us had no savings.

Our parents and friends raised some funds for a two weeks honeymoon and recommended us to go to The Workers’ Corner (now Professor’s Corner) in Alushta (a city in Crimea).

All of them said: “It’s a wonderful place! Black Sea, wonderful beach, road up the mountain, beautiful Mount Castel! You’ll be happy there!”

My wife asked: “Where will we live?”

“No worries! All locals rent their apartments and live in shacks during summer. You’ll find something.”

ALUSHTA AND MOUNT CASTEL

ALUSHTA AND MOUNT CASTEL

We came to The Workers’ Corner and went up the road with a heavy suitcase. It was very, very hot but it did not upset us that much as a sight of other couples who were climbing the road with heavy suitcases ahead of us.

We asked everyone if there is anything we can rent but there was nothing. We continued along the road and were happy to see that two couples found something and disappeared. Two other couples turned around and came to us. They said that there was no more houses up the road and they started to walk down the road.

My wife and I decided to rest in a shadow of a tree and think quietly what to do next. Several minutes passed. All of a sudden an old woman appeared from nowhere. She asked us if we were looking for something to rent. We hopefully confirmed.

Then she said: “I have a shack on the mountain not far from here. It has a bed, a small table and one chair. You’ll be very comfortable there. Nobody will bother you”.

My wife asked: “Do you have water, electricity, radio in the shack?”

“No, but the apartment house where I live has public restrooms. It’s only five minutes walk from the shack. As I understand you are on honeymoon here. What for do you need electricity and radio?”

My wife decided to take the shack. Then the woman said: “You know there is only one small problem. There is a young couple from Moscow now there. They are leaving at 6 am tomorrow. So you’ll have to spend one night in my son’s bed.”

“What do you mean?”

“Oh, no worries! My son loves girls. He made a large wooden bed between two trees up on the mountain and he has a good netting curtains from mosquitoes there. Sometimes he sleeps in the bed, sometimes he sleeps somewhere else.”

“Will you be able to tell him that this night his bed is busy?”

“Yes. But first let me change the bed and show you everything. Than you can relax, enjoy fresh air and surrounding beauty. In the morning just move to the shack and enjoy your honeymoon.”

We carefully looked at everything trying to remember how to find the bed, the shack and the house. Then we changed and went down the road to find some food.

When we returned to the bed we were very, very tired. But we were extremely happy together on the mountain under trees. The bed was wide and comfortable and mosquitoes curtains were very good. The night was gorgeous and we made the best of it. Then we fell asleep.

A terrible scream awakened me. Almost immediately another scream followed and then something large and heavy was running between trees away from us.

I hugged my wife. She said: “Somebody sat on me. I awakened and screamed.”

“Did you scream twice?”

“No, whoever sat on me was very frightened too and screamed even louder than me”.

In the morning we met our landlord and she explained that her son was so drunk that he did not understand that his bed rented for one night.

“You know, when he sat on your wife he decided that one of his girls wants to force him to marry her. He was so frightened that he ran away, fell down and hurt his leg.”

Life is fair and beautiful!

Long ago I came to two conclusions: 1. Life is wonderful! 2. You have to pay for happiness. The very best is not given for nothing!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Some years ago I thought that it was not fair that I worked very hard for many years but I have no property.

I never had a bird like below or a horse like below. I never had a castle like below either.

Then I reminded myself that I have a wonderful family, that God gave me an opportunity to live a new life in the USA, freedom to think and choose, ability to learn, appreciate and travel.

I have no property but we visited more than 50 countries and enjoyed beauty of many places including the magical Hawaiian island Maui (see the last photo below).

It is clear that we can easily do without a macaw or a gorgeous horse or a beautiful castle.

There are many pleasures in life each day. A smile, a kiss, a good word, a flower, a cup of coffee, a good book. We just need to…

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Life is fair and beautiful!

Some years ago I thought that it was not fair that I worked very hard for many years but I have no property.

I never had a bird like below or a horse like below. I never had a castle like below either.

Then I reminded myself that I have a wonderful family, that God gave me an opportunity to live a new life in the USA, freedom to think and choose, ability to learn, appreciate and travel.

I have no property but we visited more than 50 countries and enjoyed beauty of many places including the magical Hawaiian island Maui (see the last photo below).

It is clear that we can easily do without a macaw or a gorgeous horse or a beautiful castle.

There are many pleasures in life each day. A smile, a kiss, a good word, a flower, a cup of coffee, a good book. We just need to appreciate them and enjoy them.

Life is fair and beautiful!

A BLUE AND YELLOW MACAW by Dave Packer

A BLUE AND YELLOW MACAW by Dave Packer

       

MASTER OF THE REALM by Bernd Owsnicki-Klewe

MASTER OF THE REALM by Bernd Owsnicki-Klewe

 

INVERARAY CASTLE AND GARDEN, SCOTLAND by Daigo Coral

INVERARAY CASTLE AND GARDEN, SCOTLAND by Daigo Coral

MAGICAL MAUI, HAWAII by Steven Miles

MAGICAL MAUI, HAWAII
by Steven Miles