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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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Azacuelpa and the Gates of Hell

Zak Erving

Traversing the Gates of Hell (Azacuelpa, Honduras)

It's the obscure that beckons us.

According to lore, the chasm that created El Portal del Infierno in rural Honduras opened up at once—seemingly in an act of defiance of the nearby priest, who was in the act of blessing the ground for a good harvest. Geothermal vents boil the adjacent river, and steam constantly pours out from both sides of the cave. To the superstitious, the landscape is terrifying, a harbinger of doom brought about by the dark forces obscured by the vapor.

The cave is too unreal to leave alone, though—places like this summon the splinters of intrepidness in all of us. We couldn't help but to explore a little, and wonder at all of it.

When was the last time you were drawn to something because of its mystery?