Just another “walk in the park” for Nik Wallenda during his training today at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. At noon, under a clear sky and calm winds, temperatures were already pushing 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius). (So much for Western New York always being buried under three foot of snow, eh?)
Nik hopes to have mist and wind machines on site Monday if possible. (There are some waiver/legal issues causing a slight delay.) In the meantime, he is enjoying his training, and earlier said, “It’s an honor to be here. The crowds are surreal.”
We asked Nik if it was a “freeing experience” to walk at such great heights. He responded, “It definitely is. My grandfather used it say, ‘Life is on a wire; everything else is just waiting.'”
On site today and tomorrow at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is 60 Minutes Australia. In the pictures below, you’ll see one of the reporters, Ally (Allison Langdon), getting a crash-course in “wire walking” by Nik Wallenda.
ABC News 20/20 also is on site, capturing footage for the upcoming June 15 special. The program airs internationally from 8 to 11 p.m., with live footage starting around 9 p.m. and Nik taking to the wire shortly after 10 p.m. The entire walk over Niagara Falls should last about 40 minutes.
In closing for today, enjoy the following two videos with some unique footage. The first is a link to a video feature from the New York Times, and the second (embedded below) is from Naturally in Niagara magazine.