Our Virginia map had a row of green dots paralleling highway 52 west of Exit 52 (Bland, VA) of I-77.
With the hope of enjoying a scenic drive (a la the green dot designation), we headed west from I-77 (after briefly considering heading east to see what a town named Bland would look like).
For about three miles, the highway gradually rose. We caught glimpses of the valley through the heavy growth of trees and underbrush, but these brief exposures to the scenic byway were disappointing.
Then rounding a curve, we saw an overlook with several cars and motorcycles and a general store. Welcome to the Big Walker Lookout and its Country Store.
As the ridges spread before us, we imagined this view at sunset.
We could see purples, blues, and reds reflected from