Brook: Oh, look! Sunny, hurry, it's the ocean!
Sky: Yee-hah, we did it, we walked all the way from the mountains to the sea! Let's get down there and look around.
Sunny: Uhn . . . whupf . . . it's hard running in sand . . . just a little farther . . . yikes! The water's cold!
Brook: No, it feels good. I can't believe we made it . . . hey, Forrest, stop dunking me!
Forrest: Sorry, you okay? Got carried away. Man, seeing all this water makes me thirsty.
Brook: Forrest, you can't drink water from the ocean.
Forrest: I know I can't drink it, but why can't I drink it?
Sunny: "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink." It's the salt, of course, too much in seawater. If you drink it, the water in your body is needed to flush the salt out, so you end up being more dehydrated than if you drink nothing.
Forrest: Yikes. Come on, let's swim to that island.
Brook: Forrest, that's like miles away, you'd never make it. It's one of those, uh . . .
Sunny: Barrier islands. They run all up and down the Georgia coast, and this water between them is the Intracoastal Waterway. It's like a big highway for boats.
Forrest: Really big. I'm not sure I like the idea of swimming in a highway. So does anyone live on those islands? Any pirates?
Sky: Pirates, no, but there's Geechee people who've lived there a long time. They're descended from slaves but after the Civil War they kept living on barrier islands around here. They didn't have much contact with the mainland for a long time, even have their own language.
Sunny: That is so amazing. What do they call it, cultural diversity? It's really important, right? But I want to see the loggerheads. My class adopted a loggerhead sea turtle and we learned they make their nests on these islands.
Forrest: Turtles make nests? I thought only birds did.
Sunny: Turtles lay eggs, don't they? Of course they have nests, in the sand.
Forrest: Sometimes I think you make half of this stuff up, Sunny . . . turtles laying eggs, what next, flying turtles? How many eggs?
Brook: A lot, right? Like 120 at a time, and after laying them the mother swims away and never sees her kids. Kind of sad, huh?
Sky: Not really, just different. Some animals, like us, only have a few kids and take care of them till they're ready to take care of themselves. But others, like turtles, have a lot of children and let them fend for themselves. Two different ways to accomplish the same thing.
Forrest: What's that?
Sky: Survival of the species, of course.
Forrest: Well, if I'm gonna survive then pretty soon I'm going to need
Sunny and Brook: Wait, don't tell us. Lunch!
Forrest: I can't believe we made this awesome journey! Thanks, everyone, for coming along.
Sky: Yeah, camping was cool and we learned a lot.
Brook: Can you believe we saw all those types of terrain and so many different animals and plants from all over Georgia?
Sunny: I know! This has been the best adventure ever to think we walked all the way from THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA.
It's sad tonight around the campfire because our campers know it's time to head home. But they're excited about all they've seen and can't wait to get to the library and the Internet to learn more. Thanks for coming, and check the next page for more ways to learn about the environment!