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Friday, November 9, 2012

[PHOTOS] Awesome St. Louis Riverfront Photos From the Insane Kayaker Paddling from Minnesota to Florida

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

click to enlarge The Lou if by sea. - DANIEL ALVAREZ
  • Daniel Alvarez
  • The Lou if by sea.

Daniel Alvarez is doing a super crazy thing.

Back in June he dumped a big yellow sea kayak into Lake Superior near the northern most tip of Minnesota and started paddling southward for Key West. As in Florida. He is out of his mind.

He is also having the time of his life. We talked to Alvarez last weekend, shortly before he was set to float through town and asked him to send us photos of his progress toward the Arch. And they are pretty awesome.

"It's going great," said the 31-year-old Tallahassee native from somewhere near Grafton. "A little chilly for a Floridian."

Alvarez's trip is being financed by Outside Magazine, which awarded him a $10,000 "Adventure Grant," though he was already a few days into the trip when he found out he'd won. As if it weren't insane enough that he's willing to make this 4,000 mile trip alone, it turns out he's not even a very experienced kayaker.

Daniel Alvarez and his big yellow kayak.
  • Daniel Alvarez and his big yellow kayak.

So far, however, he is doing a super good job of not capsizing and drowning alone in the wilderness. He says he's seen bears, wolves, and came within a yard of a bobcat while doing a portage from Lake Superior to the Mississippi River, but so far the most dangerous wildlife encounter has been when a jumping fish almost hit him in the face.

"I feel pretty good," he says of his last five months on the water. "It's not that lonely. There are stretches where you are alone. There are days when I haven't seen another person. But you meet folks along the way."

On Monday, Alvarez paddled his way from the point where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi River down to the Arch, dodged some barges, and disembarked to stay for a few days.

After the jump, check out photos Alvarez took along the way and some of the surprising riverfront architecture he encountered.

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