Everyone will remember Jerry Golday. He has searched four times for the treasure in his secret Montana spot. On his second expedition he became mired by snow and circumstance. Dal was with me in Santa Fe when Jerry’s wife called to say she was worried because Jerry had not checked in. When our quick investigation revealed that he had not slept in his motel room Dal joined in the concern. So I called my cousin Chip Smith, who lives on Grayling Creek near Hebgen Lake. Chip in turn notified his high octane search and rescue buddies to gas up the helicopter while he and his wife Amber raced in their truck to the search area. The next morning Jerry got a cold but welcome chopper ride out and all ended well.
He and Keri have been back searching in the same area two times since. She commented in an email that those who think searching in the mountains is too dangerous should just “pick up their lower lip and go do something else.” Jerry and Keri and Chip and Amber are now hugging friends, which is yet another fortunate byproduct of searching for hidden treasures. These next words are Keri’s.
Most of the time we hear of a man’s great accomplishments first. Then how he succeeded and persevered through his trials to become who he is and achieve what he has. When the story is told in this order we tend to admire him for his actions and what we then call bravery. When the story is first heard about at the beginning of a journey, where mistakes are being made and personal trials are being faced, it’s easier to scrutinize, call it irresponsible, or even look at him as a victim of his circumstances. For a man to be a man he has to walk his own journey and find himself. That doesn’t mean that he has to walk it alone, but it does mean that he may have to walk the path a little differently then others.
Jerry’s story is not about a man’s failure, poor judgement, or one of being enticed. It’s about a man’s strength and determination to achieve what he set out to achieve by reevaluating, facing fears, and following through even though the possibility of making mistakes lies ahead still. It is those who continue forward when others would deem it impossible, foolish, and dangerous, that will learn from what doesn’t work out, which brings what is trying to be achieved even closer.
“A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying”
“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.”