A few years ago my mother gave me an old Canon AE1 Program she found in a yard-sale. I had no idea how to use it (and I'm still learning!) but it brought me out of the world of point and shoot. These days I also have a Nikon N70, with a 35-70mm lens and a 70-210mm lens.
I live in Georgia where there is a lot of mountains and once or twice a summer I travel over to the coast.