The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine is perhaps one of the most popular coastal walks in New England. This scenic path meanders the rocky coast from quaint Perkins Cove to the sandy shore of Ogunquit Beach just over a mile away. Numerous benches are sprinkled along the pathway allowing visitors to sit and gaze out at the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
While it’s a stunning view at any time, I enjoy walking the Marginal Way the most in the off season when a storm is brewing off the coast, causing the surf to roil and the waves to crash into the rocks in a dramatic way. It’s a truly mesmerizing, meditative experience taking in the sweeping view and filling my lungs with the salty air. I’ve spent my entire life living near the ocean and when I am away from it for too long, I can feel the absence in my heart and soul. To be able to visit it when I need to is something that I never take for granted.
There’s a bronze plaque inscribed with the words of John Muir that captures the essence of this beautiful spot perfectly: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer, and give strength to body and soul alike”.