Nik Wallenda can’t visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head: Linking buildings, landmarks, nations.
Even as a 6-year-old at Niagara Falls with his parents, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw.
Now 33, the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas, is ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts on Friday to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope directly over the brink of Niagara Falls.
”It’s just natural,” Wallenda explained. ”When I drive into a city, I’m always thinking, ‘It would be cool to do a walk there.’ It’s just the way I think and always have.”