Several years ago, I decided that I couldn't live without a trip to the ocean at least once every 3 years. There is really something special about being there.
However, last year after moving to northern Indiana, I found that I can get my ocean fix at Lake Michigan! I had a great walk there today - I live within 1/2 hour of the lake, & it seriously feels like I'm at the ocean - flocks of seagulls & all.... I'm inspired to take some more long walks this week now, which is good news because I've been fighting the lazy bug for a fortnight.