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    Posted June 16, 2012 by
    anarichards
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    Niagara Falls, New York

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    Stuntman Nik Wallenda makes it across Niagara Falls on a Tightrope

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     anarichards says she was unable to get a ticket for the event, but she managed to park her car in an area where she was able to see Nik Wallenda before the mist from the falls obstructed her view. 'Overall, I am very happy to have been there for the experience! I am impressed with the festivities and the way the city of Niagara Falls handled and accommodated the event and thousands of people visiting. It was absolutely worth the watch,' she says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    What an amazing sight! Nik Wallenda made history on the evening of June 15,2012 by walking across the Niagara River gorge over the 167 ft. high Falls on a 2 inch wire tightrope. Braving the elements (extreme mist, swaying wire, etc.) he made the 1800 ft. journey from the U.S. side to the Canadian side in about 30 minutes. I decided to take a drive out there at the last second, just hoping I'd be able to find a decent spot in the approximately 112,000 spectator crowd to witness this record breaking event. I didn't have the necessary ticket to get onto Goat Island (the best spot on the US side of the Falls to clearly see Wallenda cross.) I ended up finding a decent spot on the far side of the American Falls, almost diagonal from the cranes that supported the tightrope wire on the Canadian side. (A LONG way away, but with some focus I was still able to see him once he got about half way across.) The mist from the falls got slightly worse just before Wallenda started the journey, making it a bit more of a challenge to spot him, but in the end it was still possible. What an amazing, yet equally suspenseful experience!

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