DepartmentsQUICK HITSBarkley’s first three-time finisher • Ray’s Parkway Relay • Blind runner crossing the country • Gator baitFLASHPOINTSoldiers find solace in the wilderness.OPINIONWhen Senator Tim Kaine needs to unplug from the noise of politics, he ditches the suit and tie for a few hours, laces up his hiking boots, and heads for one of Virginia’s national parks. Here is his vision for the park system’s future.THE DIRTQ&A with legendary paddler and filmmaker Steve Fisher about his first descent in Tibet and his latest documentary projectTHE GOODSRafting guide Jonny Horton reveals his go-to gear for river adventures.TRAIL MIXSounds under the stars: 5 summer outdoor shows in the SouthFeaturesKAYAH’S LINVILLE LEGACYKayah Gaydish’s passion for protecting Linville Gorge lives on through the tireless work of volunteers she helped train.SWEETS OF THE EASTSix girls. Four races. One chance to represent the United States at the World Rafting Championships. Can Gauley River guides from West Virginia bring home the gold?WATER’S UNSUNG HEROESThese 23 organizations work hard in the field and in the courtroom to safeguard our region’s rivers and streams.FLOAT YOUR BOATThese eight canoe camping adventures along Mother Nature’s original water parks highlight the best family-friendly trips in the Blue Ridge.GRANDPA’S SECRETSGet to know the undiscovered outdoor oases of Grandfather Mountain and you’ll gain new respect for an icon of the Appalachians.