The Flying Wallendas

 
The excitement never stops…
Here is what our Frankfort Chamber of Commerce has to tell:

The last of the original Flying Wallendas is soaring high over Benzie County this week.

Carla Wallenda, 76, will carry on her family’s daredevil tradition this week as part of Frankfort’s Fourth of July carnival.
Every night through July 8 she’ll be 110-feet above the ground, teetering and hanging on her “sway pole” – a steel pole that swings and bends as much as 25 feet to either side of the wire.

She is joined by her fellow performers: husband Mike Morgan and grandson Cody Wallenda.

“I’ve been performing all my life,” said Carla, who began walking a wire when she was just 3. “It gets your adrenaline going. You’re out in your own world. No matter what your problems are, when you’re out there, everything leaves you.”

The Flying Wallendas were founded by Carla’s father, Karl, in the 1920s. It’s a dangerous profession, and the family had its share of tragedy through the years. In 1962, her aunt Rietta fell to her death, and Karl died in 1978 when he fell from a wire in Puerto Rico.

Today, different branches of the family carry on the tradition all over the country. Nik Wallenda – Carla’s grand-nephew – recently walked a tightrope over Niagra Falls from the U.S. to Canada.

But Carla was in Clio that day. She watched it on television from her family’s ice cream stand.

“It was just another day at the office for us,” she said. “You can’t make enough money just doing the act any more, so we added the ice cream stand and a couple of games.”

The team spends the winter months in Florida, polishing their act and keeping in shape. Carla performed in nearly every state in the country, but for the past eight or nine years, summer brings her to Michigan to perform at carnivals and festivals around the state.

“I’ve slowed down traveling, between the cost of fuel and me having to drive a truck pulling a 52-foot trailer,” she said.

Carla has no intention of slowing down her act, and she hopes to keep performing for years to come. Meanwhile, she’s helping another generation of Wallendas take to the skies; grandson Cody is in training, and he could be performing the family’s signature “pyramid” act – a double or triple-decker of tight-rope walkers – in the years to come.

But for now, they’re enjoying their time up north.

“We love it here. I’m just enjoying that beautiful lake,” she said.

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Carnival runs today through July 8. Carla said she and her family will be performing every evening.

So, come one, come all and have a great week in Benzie County and Frankfort in particular.
I am happy to announce that the Wayfarer is fully booked 

A Drive through Frankfort

Today the weather could not have been better. Here at the Wayfarer, we had a nice, cool breeze off Lake Michigan. Temperatures were in the low 80’s   purrrfect!

Being involved in a covert operation for an event this week, (no I cannot tell you what this was about or I’ll have to shoot you) I had to go into town and took the opportunity to bring back some pictures of what’s going on in Frankfort during the holiday week. I also have pictures of the clouds at sunset.

The carnival is in town.  It looks pretty and colorful.  They have “put down stakes” across the street from the Bayview Grille.  It smelled like cotton candy and popcorn.

Loading the Ferris Wheel

not much going on yet, the rides just opened this afternoon…

I was on the way home, crossing the bridge across Betsie Bay, when I saw the beautiful sky.
But first a picture of the train that’s located in the park in Elberta, where the Thursday market is held.
They painted the train – it looks wonderful

Looking towards the Conundrum Cafe’

Looking toward Frankfort

Fun at the Photo Booth

The boys’ girlfriends came to visit yesterday.  They both live in Petoskey. Up to Frankfort they went to have fun at the carnival.

This is what they came home with 🙂

That made me look in my picture drawer in the dining room:

This picture was taken in Estes Park, Co. in 2005

We were in Bolder, Co. with their Odyssey of the Mind team, competing in the world competition. .

And this is the entire Frankfort Panthers Odyssey of the Mind team, including the two ladies on the very top – coaches 😯

It seems that we have started a collection