Travelogue: Check out the mythological bird near St. Louis

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Roadside Attractions

What: Piasa Bird

Where: Alton, Ill., about a half-hour north of St. Louis

What’s there: A giant painting of the legendary Piasa Bird, a creature from Native American mythology. The painting is a reproduction of the original, which was found in a nearby town.

More info: www.altonweb.com

Travel Tip: Consider being a tour guide

The inauguration of Barack Obama brought more than 2 million people to Washington, D.C., and those people not only went to the presidential happenings but toured neighboring historic sites as well.

Tour guides are usually the first person a tourist meets when they visit. It is not by chance that most countries train the brightest and most articulate people to be their "ambassadors of goodwill" to visiting tourists. Tour guides possess inherent traits such as compassion, empathy and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of all those they encounter. They embody the "yes we can" attitude. 

Tour guiding can be both personally and financially rewarding. A certified tour guide earns approximately $200 per day plus gratuities and expenses.

Visit www.itmisf.com for more information.

-- ARA

Travel Tales

An airplane passenger got inventive while trying to smuggle cocaine into Spain, but he didn’t make it past security at Barcelona Airport. The 66-year-old man was wearing a leg cast made out of cocaine, according to Reuters. He didn’t fool customs agents, though, and was arrested.

Spring flowers on display

If you’re in the Midwest and want to check out some amazing spring blooms, Midwest Living magazine has some suggestions. They recently highlighted three must-see flower gardens, which are:

- Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

- Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden in the Holden Arboretum, Kirkland, Ohio

- Longenecker Horticultural Gardens at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, Madison

Good to Know

If you’re planning to go cross-country skiing in Bangor, Maine, watch out for the owls. According to news reports, skiers have recently been under attack by a great horned owl, which swoops down and hits people on the head. So far no major injuries have been reported, but beware.

GateHouse News Service