DANIEL ALVAREZ: Florida resident Alvarez is currently midway through an epic paddling trip from Minnesota to Florida ("The Overachievers"), enabled both by our money—Alvarez won Outside's inaugural $10,000 Adventure Grant—and by the kindness of a few strangers. We reached out to one, Janet Hansen, a librarian in Baudette, Minnesota. "He came into the library to research places to stay, and I offered to let him stay at our place," says Hansen. "He was so polite he wouldn't even sleep inside." Hansen's husband, Neal, an avid fisherman, was concerned that Alvarez hadn't packed a rod for his 4,000-mile journey. So Neal gave him one. Alvarez thanked the couple with a box of cookies. "He's a wonderful houseguest," says Hansen.