We took a short drive to Alton, IL today, home of the Piasa bird legend. (Pronounced pie-a-saw) The story involves a bird/monster that devoured Native Americans, canoes and all. Father Marquette reported on this legend in the 1600's and noted the drawing on the rocks as he traveled through this area. Obviously the painting has been retouched over the years, but it still a curiosity. Our friend Judene is here visiting and taking pictures with me- fun times!