A Welcome Home for a Sarasota Daredevil

Daredevil Nik Wallenda's Homecoming during the Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix's Festival Parade of Boats Down Main Street, Sarasota, Fla., July 5, 2013opens IMAGE file

Daredevil Nik Wallenda’s Homecoming during the Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix’s Festival Parade of Boats Down Main Street, Sarasota, Fla., July 5, 2013

It may have rained on Nik Wallenda’s parade but it didn’t dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of supporters who came out to welcome the daredevil home to Sarasota, Fla., following last month’s high wire walk across the Grand Canyon.

It wasn’t specifically his parade, it was the opens in a new windowOffshore Super Boat Grand Prix‘s Festival Parade of Boats down Sarasota’s Main Street, but the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Wallenda led the procession of gnarly watercraft while sitting in a green Mustang convertible.

The opens in a new windowVoice of Sarasota (when speaking with media about the June 23 Grand Canyon walk, did you hear him mention how he trained in his hometown of Sarasota?) waved to supporters with one hand as he held a really big umbrella with the other.  His family was also in the parade along with performers from opens in a new windowSailor Circus (student circus) and opens in a new windowCircus Sarasota (the area’s resident, non-profit circus).

Enjoy the photos below of Wallenda’s homecoming.

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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