Minnesota Man Completes 5,000 Canoe Trek By Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media - September 17, 2013 Courtesy of Bob Vollhaber. Minnesotan Bob Vollhaber has just accomplished what many Alaskans said wasn’t possible. He paddled a canoe, 5000 in 5 months, alone, through Alaska. He left the Washington coast in March and arrived in West Chester Lagoon in Anchorage on Sunday. Download Audio Courtesy of Bob Vollhaber.