My, my, check out the front page article from USA Today last week. It's about the whopping growth rate of Idaho, including one specific town in the state--Coeur d'Alene. This photo from the article looks mighty familiar to me. Inch the camera a smidgen to the right to take in a little more of that forested hill, and you'd see our house in the middle of it. (You can enlarge the photo at the USA Today site.)
Coeur d'Alene is growing very rapidly. Now that we have a house there, it's kinda funny. We tend to join with all the other Idahoans and say, "Welcome to Idaho. Now go home."
In our defense, we've done nothing to change the landscape. One family moved out of the area, we bought their home on around 11 acres, and moved in without changing a thing. It would be a different story if we broke up that acreage and made five two-acre lots out of it. That's the kind of thing we're seeing a lot of in Cd'A. The prairies are really being eaten up. New developments everywhere.
When you click over and read the article, look at some of the comments. Idahoans are knocking themselves out tearing down the article. "Aah, they don't know what they're talking about. Believe me, it's terrible here! Overcrowded, ugly. Do yourself and favor and move to Nevada instead!"
Gotta love those Idahoans.