Photos: Day trip to The Edge

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.