In all my years of searching for campgrounds, I don’t think I’ve been as wrong as I was with Park Lake Provincial Park. In a good way. I had low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised.
Maybe it’s the ridiculously unimaginative name? Maybe it’s the small size and apparent farm in the middle of it? Or maybe it’s the location? Sorry, but seventeen kilometres northwest of Lethbridge does not scream natural paradise. Or maybe I’m just not as skilled at this as I think I am.
Whatever the case, my reluctance to book a site at Park Lake lasted for years. It wasn’t until we committed to visiting the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation Centre in Coaldale that I relented and snagged a spot. A tolerable thirty-minute drive from campground to Centre, it made for a fun June weekend of camping and exploration.
WHAT IS PARK LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
Park Lake Provincial Park (that’s going to get tiresome quick) covers just under one full section. It’s not a perfect square, with a segment of private land carved out of the northwest corner and segment of park land added in the northeast from the section to the north.
The park surrounds Park Lake, a small reservoir in the Lethbridge North Irrigation District (LNID). Hence the name. I am unsure if the lake is natural, manmade, or a hybrid of the two. Regardless of origin, it is now decidedly influenced by man being both stocked with fish and part of an artificial water system.
Being part of the LNID also explains the large “farm” situated in the centre of the east half of the park. Google Street View shows an entrance sign indicating this parcel of land is owned by the LNID and must be a hub for upkeep of the irrigation network.
The south and west portions of the park are open grassland with a few strings of trees along discrete portions of shoreline. The northeast is the core for recreational activities and hosts two campground loops, two group camping areas, two day use areas, a beach, and a boat launch. A trail traverses the north half of the park.
NORTH “A” CAMPGROUND
We camped in North “A” Campground. Why the two camping areas are labeled as separate campgrounds rather than loops is beyond me. Why they have redundant names … “north” or “A” would have sufficed … is also beyond me.
I think I chose the north campground because, on satellite images, it looked a bit more treed than its southern sibling thus offering better shade. I also had the opportunity to reserve site #1 which would hand us the luxury of no neighbours to one side. Can’t pass that up.
North “A” is a simple needle loop situated in a narrow strip of land between the lake and eastern boundary of the park. Campsites populate both sides of the needle as well as the perimeter of the “eye”.
There are 41 campsites of which 23 have power while the remaining 18 are unserviced. Approximately 12 of the unserviced sites back onto the lake but with a sliver of wilderness and trail between the site and the water. These sites, though sadly lacking in electricity, are some of the nicest in the park.
All of the sites are back-in with the only oddity being a single pair of coupled sites (27 & 28). Each is adorned with the expected steel firepit and wooden picnic table. The firepits have a grated grill on a portion of the top and the cutout in front. The tables are solid and in good condition, suggesting a somewhat newer age.
The bulk of the powered sites run along the eastern side of the campground road and thus back onto a rather busy range road. Again, there is some forest and grass between the sites and the road, narrowing to the north. This affords some privacy from the road, but it won’t silence the vehicular traffic.
Much of the loop is covered with towering cottonwoods and other trees giving a decent amount of shade to most of the sites. Some are less shaded, but none are completely open. All will, at least partially, be exposed to sun at some point in the day. Considering the bald ass prairie that surrounds Park Lake, any amount of tree cover is a blessing.
Our well-treed site was quite spacious, coming in on the larger size for North “A”. It can accommodate a much bigger rig than ours. Both the driveway and the bulb around the firepit are gravel but have deteriorated to include dirt over the years, as is typical of all the sites here.
The lone campground host resides in this loop. They have a large, paved campsite centrally located near one of the bathrooms. Out front of their RV, is a picnic table with information sheets and posters about the park held under plastic.
They also sell firewood and tour around in the evening selling it from the back of a pickup truck. As is our custom, we brought our own firewood and, therefore, did not purchase any. I suspect it’s the usual plastic wrapped bundle for somewhere around $10.
There is no playground in North “A” Campground, but the walk (or bike) to the main playground in the primary day use area isn’t too far.
SOUTH “B” CAMPGROUND
The South “B” Campground is south only in relation to the other recreational infrastructure of the park. Well, that and the north campground. It’s the first thing you encounter upon entering Park Lake Provincial Park, situated to your left.
For unknown, nonsensical reasons, whenever I looked at this campground on satellite imagery, I decided it had too much asphalt. Having now seen it in person, I was a little off in that assessment, though it is certainly more open than its northern counterpart.
A more proper loop, South “B” has a double loop structure allowing for 6 pull-through campsites in its interior. The remaining 26 sites are all back-ins found around the outer perimeter of the two loop roads.
All 32 campsites offer power, but none have water or sewer. I always find the lack of water at parks containing a manmade reservoir to be odd. I mean, you’re literally collecting water right there!
The sites in South “B” are all quite large and should be able to handle most any RV/tow vehicle combination going. The pull-throughs are certainly capable of handling the giant rigs and most back-ins are no slouches either.
Layout does vary a little, with a handful of sites setup with the firepit and picnic table behind the driveway. I’ve never been fond of this arrangement, but there’s half a dozen of them here if you enjoy novelty. The remainder have a more traditional gravel driveway with side extension for the firepit and table. This includes the pull-throughs.
Grass plots separate each campsite from its neighbours, giving the whole campground an almost suburban vibe. Some of the sites are quite large when the grassy area is included, looking like pie lots you’d lust for back in the city. I could see myself enjoying one of those sites for a week’s holidays.
There are trees throughout the loops, but aside from the east edge, they are sparsely planted giving the whole campground an open feel with some dapples of shade. As a sun loather, I preferred our much more shaded lot in North “A”, but I can imagine some folks would much prefer this.
The grass “lawns” combined with fewer trees and vegetation does limit the privacy of individual campsites. This is not like Kananaskis campgrounds. And in some cases, the sites are quite close together. Great for families/friends camping together. Not so great for curmudgeons.
Two of the back-in sites, one at either end of the loop, are fully paved, handicapped accessible sites. The proximity of Lethbridge coupled with the family-friendly atmosphere of Park Lake Provincial Park make this a sensible offering for camping grandparents.
A small, plastic playground is located to your left as you enter the South “B” Campground. It’s modest and geared towards the younger set. Older kids will prefer the main day use area playground.
GROUP CAMPING AREAS
Speaking of grandparents and families and friends, if you’ve got a larger group then a group site may be more suitable to your needs. Park Lake has two such group sites; one large and one really large. Combined, they use up the land to the west and northwest of South “B” Campground.
Directly to the west is Group Use B, the smaller of the two. Continue straight rather than turning into the south campground loop and you’ll enter the large gravel parking lot for Group Use B.
My gut tells me this group area is geared more to tent campers. A mowed lawn extends from the parking lot and surrounds a pit toilet and picnic shelter. A lone water spigot and several picnic tables dot the grass but none of it screams “park your trailer here”.
There is an extended, less maintained grass plot to the southwest that one could presumably park RVs in. During our visit, Group Use B had a group of tent campers in it which 1) supported my intuition and 2) prevented me from investigating more closely.
Group Use A, the larger of the two, looks to be more RV friendly and in fact, several trailers were set up here when I was snooping around from afar.
Located to the north/northwest of South “B” and the dump station, Group Use A includes a large, gravel loop road around an empty grass field. At the northwest end of the loop is a large, three-sided picnic shelter with a parking lot out front. North of this structure is a communal firepit and several pseudo-campsites in which the trailers were parked.
This group area was quite busy with people enjoying their weekend, so again I couldn’t get a closeup look at the facilities. I assume there is another water spigot and pit toilet here as well. I also assume both picnic shelters in both group areas house a wood stove of some kind as well as picnic tables.
That large, grass field could house plenty of RVs if one wanted (or is allowed). It also provides ample space for outdoor game play while simultaneously granting some separation from South “B” Campground.
That said, neither of the two group camping areas are especially private. A is slightly better than B as far as proximity to campgrounds, but the main trail connecting the campgrounds with the day use area and beach runs immediately next to the A picnic shelter, greatly diminishing any sense of privacy.
MAIN DAY USE AREA AT PARK LAKE
What I failed to fully appreciate in my initial assessments of Park Lake Provincial Park was the dearth of water in this part of Alberta. Lethbridge, and the area for miles around, is hot, dry, sunny, and often windy. There are few options for escaping it, so something like Park Lake is a godsend in the summer, thus explaining the massive main day use area centred between the two campgrounds.
We were here in late June, so perhaps not yet peak beach weather though it was comfortably warm that weekend. Based on parking lot size, however, the Park Lake main day use area must be bonkers with people during the summer. Or at least it was at one time.
The road leading to North “A” Campground passes through the day use area and is bound on both sides by endless, paved parking. It’s crazy, really, for a park this size. There are easily twice, even thrice, the number of parking spots as there are campsites. It must be a madhouse at times.
The day use area resides fully to the west of the parking lots and creates a triangular area of water and picnic entertainment offerings rarely matched in provincial parks. Certainly not in parks this size.
Starting at the northern tip there is a single, wooden dock. I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of this dock. It is not associated with a boat launch and is a bit out of the way to be thought of as a beach amenity. I suppose it offers a place to fish or a place to launch a kayak/canoe.
Landward from this dock is a building called a canoe and bicycle concession. Consisting of two similarly sized halves (one open and one enclosed) joined by a breezeway in the middle, this structure no longer functions as originally intended.
I can only surmise that at one time they rented bikes and canoes for use in/around the lake. It’s a fascinating concept and rather shocking to find here at what I keep saying is a small park. Not surprisingly, it’s dead and gone based on the stacks of firewood in the enclosed portion of the structure. Still, what a concept. A shame it failed.
Moving south, past the large bathrooms (I’ll discuss them later), we come to the large playground. The modern steel climbing, sliding, and swinging apparati are underlain by pea gravel. A selection of benches surrounds the playground and tall cottonwoods offer some shade, though the playground itself is in the open.
The footprint is spacious but not congested with structures. I suppose this gives ample space for many kids to play without smashing into each other.
Continuing south, past yet another bathroom, lies the genuine concession stand. This one has all the expected foodstuffs one hopes to find at a beach day use area. This includes not only burgers and fare, but hard ice cream, an absolute must have treat on hot summer days. Hell, it’s even good on temperate June days.
The place is called Sugar Daddy’s and it’s nice to see one of these concession stands surviving when so many are now boarded up. I don’t go about buying burgers at the beach, but I do like my ice cream and was happy to enjoy some during our stay at Park Lake Provincial Park. Prices were reasonable, too.
In front of Sugar Daddy’s is a large patio of interlocking brick sprinkled with picnic tables and trees. There are also some raised planters present though they are no longer hosting plants. I got the sense it’s been a few years since this landscaping and investment was made. It’s all showing its age, a bit. And we all know how well Alberta Parks upkeeps this kind of infrastructure (that’s sarcasm).
West of the concession patio is the beach. This is the main portion of said beach, though it does run all the way up to the aforementioned dock. That northern half of the beach is quite narrow and becomes a tad muddy when approaching the dock.
Here, however, the beach is wide, gently sloping to the surprisingly clear water. Not far to the left, and around the greater lake itself, reeds and water plants, not to mention rocks, dominate the shoreline but here it is free and clear for grateful swimmers.
Into the water, the slope remains gentle which is great for little kids. Plenty of folks were already swimming in June, so the water must be less frigid than mountain lakes. I’m too much of a wimp to even attempt swimming. Maybe in mid-August I could be convinced to try.
The beach is not pure sand. It’s more of a sand and fine gravel mix. You can still play in it, perhaps even build a sandcastle, but it won’t be soft of your bare feet.
Parents will be happy to know there is a shower and foot wash station at the north end of the concession patio. Great for cleaning off the little ones after a fun, but messy, day in the sand.
All of this, the beach, the concessions, the playground, is surrounded by a sprawling assortment of picnic areas. The bulk of them are to the south and segmented into groupings, while a few spots can be found east of the concession nearer the playground.
Some are open, mowed grass areas while others are somewhat more shaded though still predominantly grass. Some have picnic tables paired with firepits including raised, moveable grills while others are simply picnic tables on gravel pads. At least one semi-enclosed picnic shelter with a wood stove inside exists for more populous gatherings.
The perimeter of each swath of picnic spots is thick with cottonwoods and shrubs offering nearby shade. This vegetation also offers a home to mosquitoes and other pests, so bring some bug spray along with your sunscreen as a precaution. They weren’t bad in mid-June, but neither were they absent as I explored the day use area.
This is truly an impressive day use area, albeit showing a lack of TLC. I do hope it gets used well and regularly by the locals. There is certainly enough space for everyone to stop in for a picnic and swim.
PARK LAKE BOAT LAUNCH AND DAY USE AREA
A second day use area is found on a small peninsula of land at the north end of the park, west of North “A” Campground. This day use area is coupled with the official Park Lake boat launch and offers a potentially more private experience.
You cannot drive to this spot through the park but instead access it using a second entrance from the north-bounding township road. You can, however, walk to it via trail.
The boat launch consists of another large, gravel parking lot on the east side of the prominence. A large floating dock of questionable integrity juts out from the parking lot into the lake. Next to the dock is the old, sloped, concrete boat launch.
It is big enough for motorboats to be launched but we didn’t see any during our stay. A sign next to the launch warns of a speed limit suggesting that speedy boats are not welcome. Sadly, on Saturday night some yahoo with a jet ski was whipping back and forth across the lake with wild abandon, so who really knows if the speed limit is enforced.
Despite the jet ski hero, the lake is popular with paddlers of all stripes. Saturday morning, a business was running some kind of group kayak class at the lake, and everyone entered the water from the boat launch. Campers and day users also set out in canoes and kayaks to enjoy a peaceful paddle on Park Lake.
A small fish cleaning station is found to the right of the parking lot. It is attached directly to a garbage can, something I can honestly say I’ve never seen before. And I look at lots of fish cleaning stations (yeah, no I don’t).
From the boat launch parking lot, a gravel road veers due west to the opposite side of the peninsula before again heading south to a parking area for the day use facilities. These are strictly for picnicking and are less groomed and less numerous than those found in the main day use area. There’s also no concession stand here, so bring your own food and drink.
While not exactly forested, the tree cover is more noticeable. The “grass” is left wild here, save for mowed areas around tables. A single picnic shelter (no stove inside, just tables) stands to the centre-east and a pit toilet is present.
At the northwest end there is an open green space with a couple picnic tables next to a pumphouse. At first, I thought this building was a fancy-shmancy picnic and bathroom complex for special gatherings. Like a community hall. But, nope, just an inaccessible pumphouse.
PIT TOILETS – WATER – DUMP STATION
I imagine Park Lake Provincial Park is sounding pretty sweet by now. Or at the least, unexpectedly nice considering its size and location. Well, allow me to burst that bubble.
Despite all the facilities and former investment in this little gem, there are no flush toilets. Only pit toilets exist, and they are awful. They’re either old or ancient, and already in June they stunk. Without question, they were the worst part of our experience at Park Lake and a huge disappointment over a weekend of pleasant surprises.
In North “A” Campground, the quad vault toilets were reminiscent of those encountered at Dillberry Lake, with their louvered screen windows. The interior of these were slightly newer, with plastic toilets on concrete floors and a toilet paper dispenser.
A little secret I’ll share. Two of the four stalls are handicap accessible. They are very spacious compared to their counterparts and seem to be used far less. If your conscience allows it, use these stalls instead for a slightly less vile experience.
South “B” Campground, however, had even older, dual vault toilets with the truly ancient toilet seats on concrete pedestals. Mobility bars had been added to the otherwise cramped, decrepit bunker-like bathrooms. God do I hate these things!
It is a shame that flush toilets were never added to this park. With all the infrastructure built in the main day use area, why leave personal hygiene to these monstrosities. Blech!
Most campers with RVs will choose to relieve themselves in their onboard facilities. I don’t blame them even though I refuse to do likewise.
For them, a dump station is provided free of charge in a spacious, paved, pull-out situated between South “B” Campground and the Group A camping area. It has, however, just a single outlet so it could get overwhelmed with traffic on departure Sundays.
Fresh water is plentiful, with taps found throughout the park (campgrounds, group areas, and day use areas). Some appear to be broken (or maybe just older), but there are plenty to feed your thirst. Importantly, the dump station has a fresh water tap as well for filling up your RV. None of the campsites have water supplied directly.
TRAILS AND VIEWPOINTS AT PARK LAKE
After you use one of the vault toilets, you may feel the need to reassess your life decisions with a stroll. Here, Park Lake redeems itself with a nice trail selection that addresses both convenience and adventure.
A series of trails connects all the primary recreational spots. You can walk from South “B” Campground to both group camping areas, to the beach, the day use area, the playground, to North “A” Campground and finally to the boat launch and secondary day use area.
The trails enabling this vary from dirt to gravel to a few paved sections. It is a convenient way to get around, though the trail does get pretty darn close to some of the lakeside campsites in North “A”. If you don’t fancy prying eyes ambling past your campsite, choose wisely.
From the boat launch, the trail system gets an official name … Lake Shore Trail … as it continues across the north boundary of the park. Towards the west end it joins with a southerly looping trail … Peninsula Trail … that takes hikers into the dominant peninsula on the northwest side of the lake.
Lake Shore and Peninsula Trails are dirt or dirt within mowed grass. The Lake Shore portion, while dirt, is wide enough for hikers to pass each other without needing to stop or step aside. The Peninsula portion, which tours through wild grasslands, has a wider mowed path with a worn dirt interior.
Along the way, there are a of couple viewpoints with worn-out benches to sit on and enjoy the scenery. That scenery is mostly birds but, depending on the season, dragonflies also put on a show. Red winged blackbirds are common, as are yellow headed blackbirds (we call them pylon birds), but you’ll also witness swallows, pelicans, herons, and (unbeknownst to me that they do this) flocks of black cormorants in the trees.
If you enjoy geocaching, you’ll be happy to know there is a planetary series of caches in Park Lake Provincial Park. Many are found along the Peninsula Trail, though there is at least one in the main day use area near the playground.
These geocaches appear to be a tie-in with an interesting series of science displays starting in Lethbridge. Small sculptures depicting each planet in our solar system are placed at properly scaled distances from some central (sun) location in the city. The scaling puts Neptune in the main day use area of Park Lake.
Accordingly, all geocaches in the park are named after a planet. It’s not mind-blowing entertainment, but a nifty addition to the typical geocache offering. And considering how few parks allow geocaching anymore, it is a delight to discover them still present here.
You’ll notice the bugs more on a hike than back at the campground. Not only mosquitoes and other flying critters, but ants as well. Beware when seeking out geocaches on that peninsula, especially around the ratty trees, that large ant nests inhabit the ground and they’re not afraid to let you know you’re trespassing.
BITS AND BITES ABOUT PARK LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
Before I move on to the highlight of our weekend, I’ll quickly share a few more bits about Park Lake Provincial Park.
There is a park office. It’s just inside the entrance, to the right, before you pass the myriad day use parking. I don’t know what it is used for or even if it is used. There was nobody inside or any life whatsoever when we were there. It’s definitely not a registration office nor a store.
To wit, there is an old self-registration kiosk in South “B” Campground. I don’t recall seeing one in the north campground. I suppose FCFS campers use it during the week or shoulder season, but I doubt there is ever any availability on weekends.
There is rural civilization all around the park. And not sleepy, emptying-out rural civilization. In no way are you going to be isolated from noise and activity. For example, there is a paint ball business north of the park, directly across from the boat launch entrance. We didn’t hear anything from our campsite, but the business nonetheless attracts traffic.
The range road behind our campsite is quite busy. Not highway busy, but neither is it a lazy country road with one or two cars passing all day. To worsen matters, those that do use this road seem to want to mat the throttle while driving it. Several times each day we were unwilling witnesses to pickup trucks or cheesy muscle cars trying to impress someone with their full-throated roars.
Similarly, local kids were ripping up and down the road on ATVs on several occasions. And some dipshit staying in North “A” Campground decided it was perfectly acceptable for their teenage kids to get some driving practice in. This basically consisted of more racing in the beat up Crown Vic they owned. Bad enough with them screaming down the road, but they were equally reckless inside the park.
You can hear trains in the distance; likely the line running through Lethbridge. Nothing that will keep you up at night, but the odd horn and engine chug. There’s lots of grain around that needs moving. It’s farm life out here.
Park Lake is a very popular place for young families, and rightly so. Expect to hear the joyous chatter and busy-ness of children as well as the odd temper tantrum. It’s a happy place for kids and families so don’t expect solitude. Oh, and dogs too. Barking, yappy dogs.
Also, bring a rod and reel. The lake must be stocked plenty considering the abundance of fisherfolk we encountered. We also saw the fish with our own eyes, be it alive swimming happily around the shallows or dead on the shore.
As is almost always the case in southern Alberta, wind can impact your stay. When we arrived on Friday, it was very windy. The cottonwoods provided some buffer, but we certainly kept our awning in. Campers backing onto the lake could get more than they bargained for with little protection from the wind whipping across the lake.
Saturday, by contrast, was quite lovely. Just a nice breeze that would have been a welcome reprieve from a beating, summer sun. But Sunday was windy again as well as cool and cloudy. To be expected in June, I suppose.
And I mustn’t let the birds off the hook. They were a delight to view while on the trail, but the birds living around the campgrounds were less pleasant. Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp. All day. All evening. Even overnight, it seemed.
ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY FOUNDATION
If you like birds, and you’ve come this far, you would be foolish not to make a trip to Coaldale to visit the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation Center. It’s a rehabilitation centre for hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls run by private rescue and conservation organization that’s also a charity. This was the reason we came south to camp.
I loved this place. Really. A person doesn’t often, if ever, get a chance to see, let alone interact, with raptors this up-close and personal. It’s a genuinely unique experience that’s well worth having.
Rehabilitation and release are not always feasible depending on the nature of a bird’s injury or the circumstances bringing them to the Birds of Prey Foundation. Some will inevitably live out their lives at the Centre. Some such birds are on display in a circular, open-fronted shelter which guests can walk around in. With the help of staff, you can even don a glove and hold one of these magnificent birds yourself.
I admit it’s a bit odd seeing birds like these tethered to perches around the grounds. I’d expected everything to be caged. Raptors are apparently lazy birds, and if fed well, have no desire to exert energy fighting each other or flying away.
Other birds live untethered in larger, caged enclosures around the 70 acre property. These you cannot touch but can still view from a closer vantage point than in nature. They also have some freedom to fly around a bit. And some birds you will never see, seconded to secure rehabilitation facilities away from humans.
Several times a day, they do a hawk fly or an owl fly where they get one of the trained, captive birds to “fetch” strips of raw chicken. Two staff members stand many yards from each other in a grassy area in front of a small amphitheatre allowing guests to watch.
One employee holds up a gloved arm and waves some meat enticing the hawk or owl to fly from the other employee to this free lunch. It’s an impressive view when that amazing bird swoops down and toward you from afar.
The centre is otherwise a typical tourist attraction. You can walk around the grounds viewing the raptors but also watch some tame ducks and visiting geese around the large pond along the circuit. You can even feed the ducks if you wish (food is provided).
At the rear of the property is the nature centre that houses educational displays about all the types of raptors in Alberta. This building also hosts a classroom area, so I think nearby schools come here for field trips. Washrooms and a water fountain are also available.
A new structure is being built nearby that will provide an even greater interactive experience and learning opportunity. Not yet finished, its size alone begs me to return in a couple of years to see what has been added.
At the entrance is a large, paved parking lot outside the guest centre. Inside are washrooms (flush … you’re damn right I made use of them) and the friendly greeting staff that’ll collect your fees and answer your questions.
The remainder of the guest centre is a gift shop, loaded with birds of prey themed toys, knickknacks, artwork, and clothing. There is even a barn owl to welcome you! This too was a bit odd, but also kind of cute. I thought it was a toy at first, but it’s the real, living, deal.
Like I said, I loved this place. I’m so glad we went. The birds are gorgeous. The big ones amaze and the little ones are too bloody cute. Seriously, saw-whet and burrowing oils should be pets!
I just wrote 5000 words about Park Lake Provincial Park. Oh, baby, I never saw that coming. Goes to show what a surprise the place turned out to be.
I will give it 3.75 Baby Dill Pickles out of 5. I wanted to give it 4, but those pit toilets were the … umm … pits.
Park Lake is a great little spot. A bit noisy, but surely a poplar spot for families and locals looking for a little lake fun in southern Alberta. I could see this even being a weeklong vacation spot with the kids. You’ve got a lake, ice cream, trails and all close enough to explore Lethbridge and other nearby points of interest like the Birds of Prey Foundation.
As is the case with many Alberta parks, there are indications that Park Lake was even better not so long ago. The facilities are aging and the closed canoe/cycle concession intrigues me for what it might have been.
Regardless, this was a much better camping experience than I imagined it being. I’ll take that and two scoops in a waffle cone any weekend.