lets trade

i would like to trade mail with you. i will send you a 4x6 or two in exchange for a 4x6 of yours or an envelope with some drawings on it/in it with some snail shells, buttons, baseball cards etc... i will be at this address until the first week of august.

Jake DeShazo
101 Likes Rd.
Edgewater, MD 21037

the job that i hold

Today I...

- Attended the weekly Camp Wabanna staff meeting
- Went to the Marina to pick up the camp sailboat
- We were unable to tow the sailboat back to camp
due to high winds and incoming tide
- Sanded and primed a deteriorated bathroom stall
- Returned to the Marina to leave a broken ski boat
and park the sail boat.
- Threw away old bibles
- Spread grass seed on the back lawn of the lodge
and threw down some hay
- Attempted to repair a clogged P-trap on a sink
(Will continue this project tomorrow morning)

I have also accomplished tasks such as "Painting the Gymnasium" and "Building an Osprey Roost". Multiple times a week I play "find the leak" and "remove the nest from the end of the crabbing peer". I very much enjoy the job that I hold, as it varies so widely day to day. Soon I may be exterminating rodents, reseting a stone path, or fixing boats.

Wind Turbines

(click to view the wind turbines larger)

I found these in Northern Texas. I thought I was very close to them when I saw them, however I soon discovered that the Wind Turbines were in fact about five miles away from the highway.

Joshua Trees

This is a Joshua Tree forest I saw after a snow storm above Death Valley. The entire time I was in Death Valley it snowed and rained.


Every night a herd of about 30 deer can be seen across the street from my apartment. There is an old retired doctor that feeds them daily and the numbers seem to be increasing. Often at night as I am walking across the soccer field to the lodge I'll realize that I stand in the midst of 30 sleeping deer. Here is a rough picture of this "herd".

(click on the photograph to view larger)


will govus on a windy prarie in south dakota

film scanner

I finally got a film scanner...

For the next couple days or weeks I'll be posting photos taken on my journey around the country.


I made it on to the fresh meat page of The Photographic Dictionary.

Journal exerpt: March 19th, 2009

"So what do you wanna do today brother Jacob?" "Aaron" I say "you know what we're gonna do"

He can't finish his beer after those stinging words and smashes it against the side of the dumpster, he's been dreading this. I wait as he howls at himself and stomps around in circles. I look him in the eye to let him know I'm serious. "You gonna take me to the treatment center?" "you gonna take me to see mah daughter brother jacob??" "yeah" I say, we're going to see your daughter today.

"Wear the Sienfeld jeans, they look beter than those baggy khakis." I say. "Get the beer off your breath man, you don't want to make that kind of impression..." "here, eat some of these crackers and drink some water, I'm not taking you to see her unless your clean and sober, use that bathroom at the gas station to wash up, they won't mind" "You gotta stop cryin man, harden up" Aaron is a wild man at six foot six with a wide lanky gate and a politicians swagger, but he doesn't protest my firm words.

Its St. Patricks day today, so he makes sure his little green sock is displayed in his front pocket. He feels ashamed that he is wearing donated clothes we picked up yesterday, he doesn't like looking shabby. "We'll stop at Fred Meyer and get her a toy and you can pluck a flower from the Easter display" Aaron brings the bunny to the register with an excited swagger, I give him the money to pay for it. He goes to the deoderant isle and puts on some aftershave and spray deoderant. "I smell like an old man now Jake but its better than nothin!" I firmly aprove of his new attitude and assure him that I can no longer smell the beer.

As I drive toward the house, Aaron wrestles between fits of joy and intense dread. Though visiting priveleges are weekly its been a months since he's seen his daughter.

Sabrina is a beautiful 2 year old girl.

Aaron gives her the bunny and the flower out of his shirt pocket. This is all I can see through the glass door on the front porch of the house. His daughters mother glares at me in silence over the end of her cigarette and I take the hint and walk back to my van. Crying but laughing with joy he later says "She...she eheahaha she was trying to feed that little flower to the bunny...didn't seem too bright but shes still too young to tell...". As we leave the nieghborhood Aaron sobs, and I know its no longer for himself.

We arrive at the mall after our quiet drive. Aaron is greatful. He is always thanking me to which I always reply "its nothing man" again "Thanks for takin me ta see mah daughter brother Jacob!" this time he yells lost somewhere between a desperate yell a cry, I look at my feet. He is crying again hugs me now and stops, very serious and genuine "I've gotta stop cryin, harden up" repeating the advice I almost regret giving him now. He lights one more cigerette as he always does and awkwardly backs away... "I'll call you tomorrow brotha Jacob! (talking through the cottony smoke) We'll go see my brother...I love my brother..."

My friend Aaron.

This is me and my friend Aaron. Aaron is homeless. I hung out with him in the streets of Portland for about a week. I was able to meet his friends and his daughter and ex-wife. Aaron showed me the ins and outs of life without a home, and was able to help me get food for my journey. I'll post a little from my journal about this guy tomorrow.

(This photo was taken by a lady Aaron and I met outside a 7-eleven just before I left for Seattle. Thanks for the photograph Zee.)

by mail

stay in touch with me by mail (as my grandparents do!)

Jake DeShazo
101 Likes Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037

I will return your letters/postcards at this address until August.

camp wabanna edgewater md

I am still waiting on my laptop charger to come in. Once it arrives I will be posting frequently. It is too much of a chore to be in depth using my itouch. Also I am unable to post photos or links. Otherwise the weather here is near perfect the work is fun and I havent spent a penny on food while still eating three meals a day(camp donations from whole foods and leftovers from groups). There is a herd of 30 deer that roams the nieghborhood and 6 pair of osprey on property. Also I will be gardening while I'm here (started today)....