Eileen and I devoted Thursday of our summer vacation in Ogunquit to walking the Marginal Way.
The trail starts in the village of Ogunquit and brings you to the shore across the river mouth from Ogunquit Beach. The trail follows the water about a mile and a half to Perkins Cove.
The shot above is Little Beach and Lobster Point, where we went snorkeling on Wednesday. (See the video at my YouTube channel) This is a great dive site. I will make it a point to go back there with the scuba tanks.
At trail’s end at Perkins Cove we had an excellent lunch at the Oarweed Restaurant before walking back along the trail to Ogunquit village.
“Fort William and Mary was the site of one of the first acts of the American Revolution. On December 14, 1774, colonists arrived at midnight aboard a gundalow (sailing barge), waded ashore and climbed over the fort’s wall. Captain John Cochran and the fort’s five soldiers surrendered, whereupon the rebels loaded onto the boat 100 barrels of gunpowder.”
Whaleback Lighthouse is at the north entrance to Portsmouth harbor is another old lighthouse with a long and rich history.
The islands are about six miles from the mainland. The first island we approached was Appledore Island with it World War II radar station tower. Appledore is also home to the Shoals Marine Laboratory.
This is the first time I got to see this side of the island. I was curious about the stone obelisk to the right of the church and village. I discovered it is a memorial to Rev. John Tucke who lived on the island from 1732 to 1773.