A Trip to the Mountains, kind of!

Really! One would think I went hiking! I was in Denver CO, to visit my nephew (Thought In The Dark); some of you have read his work on WP. Anyway, after returning from the funeral in Chicago on Saturday, I left for Denver on Monday and stayed there till Saturday. Was I tired when I got home? You better believe it!
But, I had such a marvelous time there.
The weather in Parker, a suburb of Denver, was unbelievable. I had gone to Castle Pines CO in 2001, when my nephew had his first MI. But had not seen anything except the highway between his home there and the hospital where he was. This time, he took me around to so many places, and showed me such beautiful views.
One of the most memorable days for me was the day he introduced me to his former neighbor who is a known artist/photographer whose work gets published in national magazines. She showed me her studio and some of her paintings, and I tell you what, I felt so small and insignificant, but so elated that I was able to visit with her and see her work.
I am so glad that my nephew and his wife Judith are doing so well and have a beautiful home (though they are not satisfied with it and want to buy another home soon), with an amazing garden. Their life revolves around their two cats Tigger and Tess, and a Chihuahua named Pepi! They didn’t mind me taking up their “parent’s time. Pepi is adorable, and he would sit in my lap often. Tigger and Tess reminded me of my own cats that I used to have several years ago. This is Tigger. I cannot believe I do not have a picture of Tess. Okay, just received these pictures from Masood, of Tess.



This is Pepi. I think he is beautiful.IMG_7595

And then these are some of the pictures taken from a beautiful vantage point of the foothills. They wanted to take me up to Vail, but I don’t think my ticker was very happy at the thought of the altitude. I did have some shortness of breath while I was in Denver. This picture was taken on the way to the the foothills.
By the time we reached the Lookout point, the mountains were ablaze with the sunset. I couldn’t have enough of this majestic vista.

The beautiful green valley and the golf course to the left. Magnificent.

My nephew Masood and his wife Judith.

IMG_7612Masood also sent this picture of me to post here. Thank you Masoodan.


The majestic mountains with snow on their peaks. These pictures were taken from the car. They were there all the time, all around me, those mountains. Sometimes the scuttling clouds added to the beauty, and other times, the sky was so blue, you could only gasp.IMG_7626

IMG_7623IMG_7628Isn’t this a beautiful image? I am so glad I had my camera with me.

IMG_7629I loved the clouds in this frame.


I returned home on Saturday. On Monday I had the group of retired physicians (I meet them every single Monday for lunch and we discuss just about everything under the sun for a hour or two) for lunch at the Islamic Center. They wanted to see the Center, and I decided to host a luncheon there. I took a picture with my cell phone and i am going to try to post it. Not sure if it will come through. Last night I attended a dinner and there was a gorgeous center piece at our table. along with boxes of cup cakes. The person with a signature of the host at the bottom of the cake box, got to take the flowers home. Guess who won that! Yup, yours truly!
Oh well, I tried to post those two pictures from my cell phone, and pfffttt! No luck.

Anyway, that’s it for now.



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to A Trip to the Mountains, kind of!

  1. Masood says:

    It was a great visit and Judith and I were both very happy to have my aunt Alabeti stay with us. However Tess did feel a bit left out so adding a couple of pics here………./Users/masoodsayeed/Desktop/Docs/Family Photos/4X6 Photos/Tess1/IMG_1726.jpg

    • Zakiah says:

      LOL! I felt bad for leaving Tess out too. She was always lounging around and shedding her hair everywhere, and half the time i didn’t even know where she was in the home, whereas, Mr. Tigger was showing his charm all over me and trying to seduce me his sweet face.
      Thank you for the photos janu. I have posted them.

  2. Rupali says:

    Beautiful pictures Alabeti ji.
    And I am sure the cup cakes were good too πŸ˜€

    • Zakiah says:

      The cup cakes were indeed good. I had one this morning. Thank you for stopping over and visiting me here.
      I loved the weather in Denver. the weather was amazing.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    Sounds like a wonderful visit. It’s only 3 hours to the airport from my place. 4 hours to the west side of Denver if traffic is good

  4. whyzat says:

    Beautiful! We love Colorado and have been to Rocky Mountain National Park twice! Pepi is a real cutie!

    • Zakiah says:

      Yeah Dian, i love those majestic mountains and the weather there. The only thing which was disturbing was the hail storms that they get so often. Judith bought a Volvo last week, and the first time she was driving, the storm came up, and “dinged” her brand new car in one spot. None of us could see it, but she can. I know that feeling.
      Pepi is too cute for words. Apparently he doesn’t take to strangers easily, but while driving home from the airport, he just sat in my lap so comfortably. My nephew said that it had to be the Sayeed smell!! πŸ™‚ He must have smelled my nephew on me. So cute, no?

  5. You were with your nephew in a region of contrasts: amazing mountain perched in the clouds and snow and large green valleys .What a beauty ! And with that the love of your family members : your nephew and his wife .
    Do you know you teach me, Zakiah . You make me travel in America .
    Thank you.
    Love ❀

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      It was a beautiful visit, and i enjoyed that a lot after all the drama of the last few months with Reshma and the loss of my dear friend Eunice.
      What a sweet comment Michel. I am glad you liked the post.

  6. murisopsis says:

    What a wonderful visit! I know you love the ocean but I’m guessing the mountains are a close second. I enjoyed Colorado but got altitude sickness when we drove up a 14K mountain… I thought I was going to die. While everyone was out taking pictures, I was curled up in the car praying for the world to stop spinning and my stomach to stop lurching!

    • slmret says:

      Oh, Val — I have a similar story driving up Pike’s Peak, on which the road goes to about 11K feet. As soon as I got above 10K, I was light=headed and nauseated — typical altitude sickness! I was aware of it, but the 2 Texans I was with were not — they bounded into the shop at the top, and then realized what my warning meant! I have to be very careful for the first 24 hours above 5K feet!

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh you poor thing! So sorry you had the altitude vertigo. I had no problem with that, but i definitely had dyspnea. Even walking inside the home made me short of breath. That is the reason we didn’t go up to Vail. I love the ocean Val, you are so right. Hands down– the oceans call me all the time. But these snow covered mountains really did something to my heart. Loved them.

  7. slmret says:

    I’m so glad you had a good visit with Masood! The countryside is beautiful, and there’s nothing like a week away to help you relax and regroup after a traumatic year like you have had!

    • slmret says:

      And I meant to comment on how good you are looking in that photo from Masood!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. I look at my photos now, and think of my mother. How time runs by when you get old, and start having all the wrinkles, and how easily the tiredness shows around the eyes! Wonder where the youth goes.
      I had an amazing trip. Loved every day. It was so relaxing, and had such a good time .

      • slmret says:

        Yes — how time does fly! And the tiredness is definitely reflected in the eyes, both in appearance and inward too! I’m surprised at how tired I became after this last trip to SB! But I still bounce back pretty quickly, thank goodness!

  8. The photos – especially the sunset one is magnificent. You also look wonderful with the sunset behind you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Matt. The sunset was incredible. Every minute there was a different shade of orange and gold that spread across the sky and on to the mountains.

  9. Beautiful pics!!!!! Thanks for sharing and welcome home! Looks like you had a good time!

  10. How wonderful that you got to visit. What a lovely view…love all the pics. The pets are adorable…Hugs and prayers.

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