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Niagara Falls travelblog: Viewing the Falls from different spots

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From NewsOK.com:

My radio colleague, Jim Traber, made a great point with me the other day on The Sports Animal. Traber said Niagara Falls is a lot like the Grand Canyon. He is awed by Niagara Falls. He thinks it’s glorious. But when he gets there, he sees it, he’s impressed and he’s ready to go. Either to the casino or to the highway.

And it’s a valid question. After you’ve seen Niagara Falls, what then? Do you keep looking at it? How do you experience Niagara Falls for more than just 15 minutes?

Well, the Dish and I tried to answer that question Tuesday. And I think we did.

* We viewed Niagara Falls from various points at the top of the falls.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda Looking to Build Entertainment Complex in Niagara Falls

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

With his walk over the Grand Canyon now over, Nik Wallenda has returned his focus to Western New York.

On Wednesday, the daredevil announced that he is planning on walking a 200-foot high-wire at next year’s Erie County Fair.

Wallenda is also moving ahead with plans to build an entertainment and theater complex in Niagara Falls.

“I think on a grand scale. I think big and I want it to be a permanent facility with an indoor water park and a place for families to come – similar to a Great Wolf Lodge,” said Nik Wallenda.

Jumpers, climbers, fliers and more: Great daredevils of the last 100 years

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From NBCNews.com:

This Sunday, daredevil Nik Wallenda — who famously traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope last year — will attempt another extreme balancing act: walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon. Wallenda carries on a family tradition with his tricks — he is the seventh generation of the “Great Wallendas,” a stunt-performing family. And he calls to mind daredevils past, who have shocked the public for more than 100 years with their daring feats (and failures.)

Nik Wallenda on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

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Speaking of Nik Wallenda

Every week I download the podcast for NPR‘s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! It is a news quiz that is usually quite funny. Each week there is some kind of famous person on to play part of the game. A couple of weeks ago Nik Wallenda was on to talk about his walk across the Grand Canyon. Obviously his walk over Niagara Falls came up. You can listen to Nik Wallenda’s segment at http://www.npr.org/2013/06/08/189534198/high-wire-artist-nik-wallenda-plays-a-game-called-whoops

Wallenda returns: Daredevil talks of new book and Falls site update

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Aerialist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Friday, and gave his word, once again, that plans for a Falls performance area were still in the works.

The daredevil, who left the city so triumphantly last June after crossing the Niagara Gorge on a two-inch wire, held a press conference on Friday to talk about several things, including his new book, his upcoming walk over the Grand Canyon June 23, and the probability of some sort of tented site being erected in the city where he can perform a daredevil act.

Wallenda to use Falls rope at canyon

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From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

…Wallenda, who crossed the Niagara Falls last summer, is planning to take a piece of his Falls walk with him for an upcoming project. Wallenda is planning to use the rope from his walk across the Niagara Falls when he crosses the Grand Canyon…

The man behind Nik Wallenda

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From myFox Tampa Bay:

When Nik Wallenda walked a high wire across Niagara Falls last summer, no one was watching more closely than Terry Troffer. He’s in charge of making sure that the wire, and everything else, is set up correctly and in good repair.

Troffer also happens to be Nik Wallenda’s father.

“My father oversees every step of the way,” explained Wallenda, who’s planning to walk a cable over The Grand Canyon this summer. “My father is there to watch my back.”

Least impressive landmarks

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From KMOV Channel 4 in St Louis:

CBS News and Vanity Fair conducted a survey, asking the public which national landmark really isn’t all that spectacular, in their eyes.

The Gateway Arch made the list along with The Alamo, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls.

The question was part of a larger poll. You can see the results here…

Wallenda sets sights on Grand Canyon

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

What do you do after successfully crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope with the whole world watching?

“I slept all night for the first time in three months,” said Nik Wallenda, addressing media at Edgewaters Restaurant one day after cementing himself in the record books as the first person to directly cross over the thunderous falls on a wire.

Wallenda was joined by Niagara Parks Commision (NPC) chair Janice Thomson and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan to unveil two plaques dedicated in Wallenda’s honour.

Both plaques will be placed on a walkway leading to the White Water Walk. One commemorates Wallenda’s historic feat while the other depicts the history of stunting in Niagara Falls.

Officials say popular parks could close

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

No nuptials at Niagara Falls? Jones Beach off limits on a 90-degree day? The “Grand Canyon of the East” devoid of campers?

New York’s state parks system, the nation’s oldest, is facing another round of funding cuts that is likely to result in the first budget-related closures in the system’s 125-year history.

State officials say even popular parks at Niagara Falls and Jones Beach, with attendance figures in the millions, could be closed, along with such destinations as Letchworth, a popular hiking and camping spot ringing the rugged Genesee Gorge south of Rochester.

“It’s going to be pretty bad. As bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks & Trails New York, a 25-year-old nonprofit advocacy group.

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