Yesterday, I watched "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". I know this is not a true story, but it does make mention of some historical events and shows the difficulties of the move west.
While watching, I was struck by the courage of the early settlers of the west. It must not have been easy for them to leave their homes. Most of them probably had to sail across the ocean first, then head west not knowing what they would find. They most likely left family and friends along the way. They travelled in small wagons, some only on horses. Some stopped and started farming and built cities in the midwest. How many of us could do that.
A few years ago I drove across the country and my friends all think it was a big deal. I stayed in nice hotels, had maps of the area. I never had to do without food or water. And I was perfectly safe. It was so easy.