Solo kayaker plans return trip to Minnesota after reaching FloridaDaniel Alvarez, the solo kayaker who paddled from Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Key West, Fla., has turned around.
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
He couldn’t quit.
Daniel Alvarez, the solo kayaker who paddled from Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Key West, Fla., has turned around. After reaching Key West on March 9, Alvarez, 32, decided to head back north. He’s on his way back to Minnesota’s Northwest Angle.
“I thought about it a long time,” said Alvarez, of Tallahassee, Fla. “I thought about all the good things and bad things about going …”
Part of his motivation for making the return trip was the advice he has given others about taking action to pursue their goals in life.
“This is what I’ve been telling people about adventure and travel and dreams,” he said.
“I just need to live it. That kind of sealed it for me.”
Alvarez started his original trip at the Northwest Angle on June 11, 2012. He spent about nine months paddling to Key West. He hadn’t done much kayaking before that trip.
Alvarez left Key West on March 12 on his return trip. He’s paddling north along the Atlantic Coast. On Thursday, he was near Savannah, Ga.
He’ll take time out to speak at Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo April 27-28 in Minneapolis.
His return course to the Northwest Angle will take him up the East Coast to New York. From there, he’ll have to decide whether to go west toward the Great Lakes or north to Montreal and follow the old fur-trade route from Montreal to Lake Huron and Lake Superior, he said.
Alvarez also has through-hiked the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail. He found time to graduate from the Yale Law School and worked as an attorney for two years.
He passed through Duluth on his original trip from the Northwest Angle to Key West after making side trips on Lake Superior to Isle Royale and the Apostle Islands.
He knows he will have to hustle a bit to reach the Northwest Angle by October, his goal for finishing the trip.
“(The return route) is a little shorter,” Alvarez said. “And I’m in good shape at the start.”
He plans to continue blogging as he paddles. To follow his blog, go to his website, predictablylost.com.
Alvarez will speak at the following times at Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo: