First of all, I should say that I have always been curious, stopping to look at the detailed little things, the species and habitats I'm seeing, as well as the distant views. Whether I drive a few miles to get there or not, I tend to look for things that interest me, and that's what I photograph, not just snapshots along the way.
It all reminds me of a post I wrote 18 months ago, about observing while you walk instead of hurrying down the trail. You might like to go back and read that one, one of my better efforts I think. At "'Sauntering' down the Trail".