My buddy Steve and I like to stop and get a take out meal on the way to the beach every week or two. We park in the handicapped row and eat, then I take pictures through the windshield and then, as we drive.
I can't walk far because of my accident and Steve has late stage COPD and never smoked but we like to get to the beach. If I I had to drive myself and take pictures at the same time, it would be impossible so it works out well.
I got into digital photography when I moved back to Oceanside in 2011.
You can buy a decent camera for $200 on up. My latest camera was $300 and it does what I use it for well. (grabbing shots while driving)
It's a lot of fun. A cheap hobby. (All you need is a digital camera and a computer)
Something new to consider after you quit.
One more thing, I've seem some fantastic pictures from peoples phones. If you have a an 8 to 12 megapixel camera in your phone, you don't need a camera.
You can just go someplace that makes you feel comfortable and take pictures of the things that give you those feelings.
They're dredging the mouth of the harbor with a big vacuum because the entrance collects the sand and gets shallower and shallower. They pump it to the North side of the pier about 1+ mile away.
This is it coming out at the pier
And these are the birds waiting for anything alive to eat coming out of the sand and water.