Chris' Corner: Ontario: Niagara Falls

Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls

Last night Nik Wallenda walked on a 5 cm braided steel wire across Niagara Falls.  I was not interested in this endeavour in the least, not until he took his first step!  ... then I was transfixed on his 550 metre journey 60 metres above the Niagara gorge.  For 25 minutes, this event captivated my mother-in-law, Vi, my wife, Helen and myself ... and millions of people around the world.

Here is a link to a good ABC recap

and here is a video of the entire walk:



It surprised me how focused I was, and the fact that ABC made him wear a harness did not reduce my interest nor admiration for his feat in the least.

ABC captured the event spectacularly, with breathtaking imagery, a live feed with Nik, and, for the most part, interesting commentary.

I read reports of 120,000 people watching on the Canadian side plus a large audience on the American side.  This singular event was said to infuse ~ $125 million into the local economy.  I sure it would have been spectacular to have viewed this event live, but I was very surprised at the overall quality of the television presentation.  Well done ABC.

What's next for Nik Wallenda? ... apparently he already has the permits for a planned walk across the Grand Canyon!


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