Get a digital camera ($150?) with some of the money you are saving and capture images that catch your eye as you travel.
If you have a computer and a digital camera, you can do amazing things and it costs nothing. You don't even have to save the pictures on your harddrive anymore. The government is backing up everything for us.
I live near the beach and when there are clouds (or even when it's sunny, LOL) it is especially beautiful for photography. Winter can be strikingly beautiful in many forms.
Give it a shot. There is usually an editing program that comes with the camera or you can download it.
It's a lot of fun.
Here's a slideshow of yesterday's drive.