Great story! It brought a few tears to my eyes as I remembered some of our best family vacations forty years ago in the Black Hills; Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Rushmore, etc.
On one vacation when my two boys were early elementary age, we’d planned some really neat visits to some of the major sites. What was the favorite of the boys? Some dumb tourist trap called, “The Spooky Well” (a souvenir place with a “wishing well” with a hidden speaker, proprietor watching from inside said dumb things through a microphone). Could have saved all that money, time, and trouble.
We liked to camp at Elk Mountain Camp Ground just a ways from Wind Cave. Sight seeing most of the day, go to the hot springs pool in Hot Springs to get cleaned up, drive the sixteen miles to the tent with kids zonked out in the back seat of the Rambler.
I blinked and my kids were grown. Do what you plan to do with your family and don't procrastinate or time will slip by faster than you think!!
Wish we'd had the Airstream back then.
'92 Limited 34ft (now sold); '96 Dodge Cummins 4X2, 5speed