I currently live in Southern California. Surprise! But, not near a beach, or in a desert, or even a nice sub-division. I live in the San Bernardino National Forest, in a little mountain town, where the postal service does not deliver to my home. (An endless source of frustration and bitterness.)
Years ago, more than I'd like to admit, I made the decision to homeschool my kids. I took the opportunity to learn a few things myself. My journey began with the Internet, like many of us, and from those who had learned from their own journeys. My kids are grown and safely in college. (Whew! Didn't screw that up.) Now it's my turn to share and this is what I loved best.