by Peter Conradi/Bullet News
Wirewalker Nik Wallenda headed back home to Florida Thursday night feeling good about his meeting with Niagara Parks Commission officials.
Of course, Nik Wallenda is pretty much always feeling good. Through this long process of trying to get permission to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Gorge near the Horseshoe Falls, Wallenda has maintained almost unflappable composure, resolve and optimism - the kind of characteristics one might expect from someone who makes his living on a three-inch steel cable.
"It doesn't do any good to be negative. I've said all along this is my dream and I'm just going to keep on going for it. People can say no, but it just makes me want to work harder."
Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for a sit down with NPC general manager Fay Booker, police chief Doug Kane and head of engineering Marcelo Gruosso, along with a representative from New York State Parks. It was a 90-minute question-and-answer session at Table Rock, preceded by a one-on-one lunch at Elements attended by Wallenda and Niagara Parks chairwoman Janice Thomson.
"It was a great day," said Wallenda Thursday night from the Buffalo airport.