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Sarasota News Leader June 28, 2013 Page 78 The combination of breathtaking scenery from afar and Nik's wire-walking skills shown up close is amazing. His father's soothing voice is guiding him along and supporting Nik as he conquers the fierce winds and the desert heat. As Nik approaches the finish line, he begins a jaunty and confident run toward his waiting family. And, finally, we all let out that giant breath we had been holding for the past 22 minutes. I know that Nik Wallenda is at the pinnacle of his profession as an aerialist, but I would also like to imagine that his mom's beautiful handmade shoes had a special magic in them to keep him safe. Congratulations, Nik! You were fantastic. %

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