(ODNR photo)

Today is my three-year anniversary at Alive, and one of goals for 2009 is to make my weekly Venture column more adventurous. So, in addition to a monthly round-up of Nature Notes, I plan to include one regional travel piece. I've covered travel topics -- Lake Erie charter fishing, Lake Chautauqua, Miami Beach -- but what's pending will be even better.

For my first trip, I plan to head to John Bryan State Park, the most scenic spot in Western Ohio. Like those to follow, this piece will include all the necessary info for taking a fun day trip there: trails, wildlife features, activities and more. With some tips from staff photographer Will Shilling, I'll come back with some great shots.

At 752 acres, it's not the biggest state-owned tract. What it lacks in size, I'm told, it makes up for in remote trails and scenery overlooking a gorge cut by the Little Miami River, which also offers fishing and canoeing opportunities. Maybe I'll bring my waders...

Is there somewhere I should check out? If so, let me know.