Another beautiful day of weather; another fantastic crowd at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel to watch “King of the High Wire” Nik Wallenda in training.
Today’s conditions — 65 degrees Fahrenheit, partly cloudy, and calm — contrasted with the 40 mile-an-hour gusts during yesterday afternoon’s session. Nik scaled virtually the entire length of the wire before taking a quick break and then walking back. In total, he was on the wire for almost an hour.
At the noon press debriefing on the walkway bridge near Fourth Street and the bleachers, Nik fielded questions from three local television stations before again turning to the public for questions. Here are a few things we learned:
- Nik’s favorite meal at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel — so far — is the Chairman’s Delmonico at The Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse. It’s a 24-ounce well-marbled cut, dry-rubbed with bold seasoning and seared to perfection, then finished with Maytag bleu cheese butter. However, Nik’s favorite food for training is a “Balance Bar.”
- Nik’s last name — Wallenda — has Bohemian roots.
- Eventually there will be fire trucks (spraying mist) and wind machines on site to create conditions similar to Niagara Falls.
- Nik on the crowds: “It’s exciting to see all the people here watching me rehearse. I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before for practice sessions.”
- Fourteen (14) Wallendas still walk on wires today!
- The soles of Nik’s suede/leather shoes are made of elk skin to help provide a better grip to the wire.
Once again, we’ll let the following videos and pictures tell the story. But you have to be here in person at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event for yourself!