i live in bend. it is high desert but there are areas that aren't juniper-ish, like where i live...ponderosa pine paradise! and there are huge snow topped mountains here so close you could just reach out and touch them from your house or wherever you are here. the weather is mostly sunny here, like 320 days per year...and its a mild climate even when it snows, which is nothing much unless you are atop the mtns... there is an unschooling group here...its small. and i'm sure there are more of us here that don't go to the group meet-ups... there are more snobby rich and pretentious types here than i can count...makes me miss marin county as there were those there too but sooo many more really cool alternative people there.
anyway, yeah. there are some cool peeps here but its a slow go...like i said there's lots of money here.
i personally don't care for too much rain ie. pdx or seattle. nor am i too fond of medford...ashland on the other hand is gorgeous. and because of that, like bend and marin, is very expensive to live in. sigh.
lots to do and see in bend area though...i would recommend it.
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We are now in NC and really like it but where we are the only US and HS for that matter is not that popular.
As far as resources/people/laws TX was the best.
For area/beauty/being outside
MA, NC and SC were pretty good.
I would love to move back to St. Louis. SOOOO many nature centers there with cool stuff to do at them, alot of stuff to do for free or really cheap, museums, food, AWESOME houses....
biggest rivers meet right here
Also, Missouri has very homeschool friendly laws. St Louis has a huge homeschooling population that runs from school at home to ru. In my AP playgroup, almost 1/2 of us, maybe a bit more, have decided to homeschool, with many leaning towards or acitvely unschooling.
I am also looking for a great place to finish unschooling my 14 year old. I am currently on a very fixed income of disability and some child support so a total of 1400.00 I can live very frugally. My big goal is just to get through the next 4 years of raising my last child ( already raised 4 ) so would like to find a reasonable and nice place to do that. Any suggestions ? susan