Pilger, Nebraska: More than a Small Town


Most people don't think twice about the history or story behind a town's name. Oftentimes, it's obvious where the name derived from - like a president or saint - while other times the name's history is simply lost like a dusty box in the basement. The other day I asked on Twitter: "Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere because of the destination's name? Example: my girl Madeline wants to go to Madeline Island." It's true, my daughter would love to visit the enchanting Wisconsin island that shares her name and I'm sure one day we will manage to take a the little boat ride there. Charles McCool of McCool Travel chimed in that he'll go anywhere with McCool in the name. Did you know there's a little town in Mississippi named McCool? He's been there a couple times. Personally, I'd [Read more]

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The MV Explorer, Semester at Sea's ship, docked in Helsinki.

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Nature's infinity pool: Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen.

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