March 31, 1851

Dear Journal,

Here begins the journal of Emma Sheldon, formerly a carpenter. Tomorrow we leave Kanesville behind to begin our journey west to Sacramento. We still have to get the supplies that our large farm wagon will hold to help us survive during our long trek. I hope that my skill in carpentry will prove of some value.

I'm so nervous! We've been hearing stories about the horrible things that happen to people traveling on the Oregon Trail, and I pray very hard that this doesn't happen to us!