of all the mountain ranges i pass repeatedly here in montana, the missions are the ones that stick out the most. every time i see them i think for a moment of what it must be like for visitors here to see them for the first time. they appear after you crest a long hill on highway 93 like a slap in the face- you know, one that mellows you out after a bout of hysteria.
to anyone taking this route to kalispell, i highly recommend taking MT-35 through bigfork. the drive along flathead lake is unbeatable.