By Elissa White, Neighborhood Ambassador
Parents Weekend is here! October 19th and 20th. If your parents are coming into town like mine, you’ve got the grand ole question of where to take your parents in Missoula for a weekend. I have compiled a list of a few fun things to see and do around town. Even if your parents are not coming to town, these ideas are always fun to do while we still have a few days of nice weather.
- Missoula Maze: http://www.missoulamaze.com/
Now open Thursday- Sunday for a variety of hours. There is a night maze on Saturday night from 7-9pm. During regular hours there is a pumpkin patch, obstacle course, mini maze, feed bunk, puzzle maze and a barnyard with pony rides. On Friday nights there is a treasure hunt in the regular maze for gift certificates and coupons to local businesses. You should dress in layers, and be prepared for mud. The hay and corn maze are linked together to cover more than an acre, providing more than 4500 feet of passageways. On average it takes 20-30 minutes to complete the maze. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed!
- Hike the “M”
- Miles: 3/4 mile to "M;" 1 3/4 miles to top of Mount Sentinel
- Elevation gain: 620 feet to "M" (from 3,200 feet to 3,820). 1,958 feet to top of Mount Sentinel (3,200 feet to 5,158)
The "M" on the west face of Mount Sentinel has been a Missoula landmark since 1908. When Forestry Club members created a zigzag trail up the mountain and students carried up stones to create the M.
Time brought many changes to the "M." In 1912, a wooden letter replaced the one made of stone. When the wooden "M" was blown off the mountain in 1915, it was replaced with a more permanent, larger stone "M". That was the way it remained until 1968, when it was changed to the concrete "M" we see today.
The trail is less than a mile long, but the hike can be tough. The climb is steep, there is 11 switchbacks on the path.
- Red Dress Gala
- Friday October 18, 2013, University Ballroom 6pm
Join the UM chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority at a fundraiser for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women's cardiac care research. The event will feature casino games and prizes, dessert, music, and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $45 each or $70 per couple, $25 for UM students. Tickets are also available at the door. Children 10 and under are free.
- University of Montana vs. Cal Poly
- Saturday October 19, 2013 at Washington Grizzly Stadium- Kick off is 1:30
Watch the Griz take on the Cal Poly mustangs. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of 2 years ago when a shameless streaker made an appearance. Get guest passes and tickets from the UC’s Source if you’re a student, and Griz Tix for non- students.