Thanks, Snoopy. It doesn't take much to get me to share about my experiences in the Canadian rockies (obviously). It really is almost like a second home to me when I'm there; I feel completely relaxed, at ease and almost relieved that I get to be there again. I have hiking and geography books galore that I've bought up there, I've visited museums, read up on the history and have done just about every day hike in the books. I've sent friends up their and planned their trips.
Several years ago, a close friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver along with her two young boys. Her husband was/is also a friend and he called me one day to talk and said something to the effect, "I have to get out of here for a while. What should I do?" I told him to take the train across Canada to the rockies and just see some beautiful scenery. And he did - he had a great time for the state of mind he was in. He called me later to thank me for suggesting it. The scenery there has you reflect somewhat on life (or at least it has that effect on me), how big and eternal that place is and how much time we really don't have. That makes me enjoy it even more.