Hinterlands: a region lying beyond major metropolitan or cultural centers
German, from hinter hinder + Land
- Synonyms : back country, back lands, backwoods, frontier, outback, up-country
I know you are thinking strongly about moving to Iowa. Thought I would jot you a quick note to give you my perspective. When I hear the word “hinterland” I think of Iowa. Especially that part about being “beyond the cultural centers.” Culture is the last thing you’ll ever experience here in Iowa.
My great grand father came to Iowa from Germany before the turn of the century. Not sure what he was thinking. There is absolutely nothing here to see or do. As your friend, I would strongly encourage you to think long and hard before you relocate to such a barren place. I’m trying to be objective as I write this but I’d rather error on the side of caution, so you won’t be overwhelmed, in the event you would decide to come.
This past Winter, we had a several week stretch where the temperatures did not get above 10 degrees. Ice and snow storms are common from the first of November through March.
Once we get into May, it’s tornado season. If you look on the map, we are in the upper area of what is called “tornado alley.”
Electricity only came to our area recently and we still can’t get a good signal for an internet connection.
And the quietness of this place will drive you batty.
The air is dirty and the soil poor.
The water that comes out of the ground is also tainted with all sorts of nasty stuff.
Prices for groceries are probably double the national average.
There are no jobs to be had and the smartest thing I would recommend is you stay right where you are at.
It’s best to live in an area with a higher population density. There is a reason McDonald s doesn’t put a restaurant in towns of less than 10,000, although I hear they have started to make some exceptions with that.
I know there are a few alarmist that write about behavioral sink.
I don’t believe a word of it.
They claim that cramming too many people in to small an area results in behaviors such as (quoting now) “aggression, submissiveness, sexual deviance, and reproductive abnormalities….
explosive violence, hypersexual activity followed by asexuality, and self-destruction…
…More than six hundred mice now lived in Universe 25, constantly rubbing shoulders on their way up and down the stairwells to eat, drink, and sleep. Mice found themselves born into a world that was more crowded every day, and there were far more mice than meaningful social roles. With more and more peers to defend against, males found it difficult and stressful to defend their territory, so they abandoned the activity. Normal social discourse within the mouse community broke down, and with it the ability of mice to form social bonds. The failures and dropouts congregated in large groups in the middle of the enclosure, their listless withdrawal occasionally interrupted by spasms and waves of pointless violence. The victims of these random attacks became attackers. Left on their own in nests subject to invasion, nursing females attacked their own young. Procreation slumped, infant abandonment and mortality soared. Lone females retreated to isolated nesting boxes on penthouse levels. Other males, a group Calhoun termed “the beautiful ones,” never sought sex and never fought—they just ate, slept, and groomed, wrapped in narcissistic introspection. Elsewhere, cannibalism, pansexualism, and violence became endemic.
Mouse society had collapsed….”
You can read more about those experiments here.
We’re not rats or mice, so I don’t think their theories apply.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to give it to you straight.
Here are a few recent pictures I’ve taken.
Don’t let them fool you. This is not a good place to raise a family.
Morning in the orchard
November morning sky
After the harvest
Misty morning in March
Do you have any questions for me about Iowa? What is the closest you’ve been to being here?
I’m slowing moving some blog posts from my other sites over here, since this is now my main/ active blog. A few of you may have seen this one before. 😉 DM