Kayaker paddles from Minnesota to Key West

Man awarded $10,000 for months-long journey

Published On: Mar 10 2013 10:47:47 AM EDT
Kayaker Ends Minnesota to Key West Trek
KEY WEST, Fla. -

A kayaker has arrived in Key West after paddling some 4,000 miles -- from one of the northernmost spots in the U.S. to its southernmost city.

Daniel Alvarez pulled his 17-foot kayak onto Key West's South Beach on Saturday, completing the trek that began June 11th.

The 31-year-old from Tallahassee started at Minnesota's Northwest Angle. His route took him through Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, Florida's Everglades and a portion of the Florida Keys island chain.

He won a $10,000 endowment for the journey after competing in an online contest for an outdoor adventure magazine.

He said he paddles about 20 miles per day, but wind and weather conditions set him back. He stopped along the way to conduct presentations on waterway conservation.

You can read more about Alvarez's journey here.