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Starting an adventure at the end of the road

Posted July 23, 2014 in Louisiana Travel

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden sits on the bayou banks of a small fishing town not far from Houma.
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The Chauvin Sculpture Garden sits on the bayou banks of a small fishing town not far from Houma.

A road trip to the end of the line has a magnetic draw, and Louisiana offers plenty of these routes. Follow the one that leads through Chauvin and Cocodrie, however, and you may wish the road would never end.

Past the highways and bayous that bisect Houma, pick up La. 56 and follow the broad, blue waters of Bayou Petit Caillou as it leads farther and deeper into the fragile outer reaches of coastal Louisiana.

Most visitors venture down this way in Terrebonne Parish to visit camps or depart for charter fishing trips. What surprised me on a recent visit was how much the area had in store for the casual day-tripper.

I found an enigmatic sculpture garden of the sort you might expect in a pocket park in Barcelona rather than a small bayou fishing town, an ancient burial mound constructed by native people and re-purposed in modern times, a six-story observation deck towering over the wetlands landscape, a porch swing in a shady, found-object grotto by the bait dock and a seafood lunch with a view of fisherman and pelicans plucking their own meals from the bayou. There were beautiful drives, relaxing interludes and a sense of discovery — all the ingredients for a great Louisiana day trip.

Here’s a link to the full story and a short video I produced on the trip for our Down the Road travel series in the Advocate.