Senator Tim Kaine hikes in Shenandoah National Park for a cause

Published: Apr. 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM EDT
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Senator Tim Kaine took to the trail today to celebrate our national parks, and not the campaign trail: a real trail!

"If you go and see these beautiful sights, and you just see a beauty that is infinite, you just really want it to be around for kids," said Kaine.

Senator Kaine is putting his own boots on the ground to get national parks the money they need.

About 163 million dollars in repairs is needed in Virginia, but the funding has been put off until at least next year.

27 million dollars worth of work is in the Shenandoah National Park.

"It is really good for him to get the first-hand look at what some of our issues are," said Sally Hurlbert, an Interpretive Park Ranger.

"We like to create new parks sometimes more than maintaining existing parks, and every new park you create then takes the existing budget and spreads it a little more," said Kaine.

Kaine also said the last major investment into parks was back in 1966, and he wants to make sure his kids are able to enjoy the parks for years to come.

"We are a nation that needs more appreciation of beauty. Not the 2-D beauty on a TV screen or computer, but the 4-dimensional beauty of real creation, here it is," described Kaine.

"It is like anybody's house. If you don't paint it every now and then or replace the roof, it does begin to crumble after a while," said Hurlbert.

The backlog is a serious issue for the parks and Kaine hopes to make a difference before it is too late. Next week is actually National Park Week, and then you will get to experience all of this for free.