Kayaker Finishes Minnesota To Key West Trip

KEY WEST, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — After a 4,000-mile excursion, a kayaker has arrived in Key West, the southernmost spot in the U.S., via Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, the northernmost spot in the nation.

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 (see map).

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

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