Although it was only forty-five degrees when we left the house, we put on layers of clothing plus our leathers and went for a motorcycle ride. I tossed sardines, crackers, an apple, and some 100-calorie snacks (along with some animal crackers, which Cliff loves) in a lunch container; I put boiling water into the smaller of our two new Thermos-brand vacuum bottles, the one with a wide mouth, and two individual packets of sugar-free Swiss Miss cocoa mix. We were set!
So why didn't I take the bigger Thermos, which is reputed to keep liquids hot almost forever? Because at 4 P.M. Friday night, I had filled it up with boiling water to see how long it would stay hot, and I wanted to continue my experiment. I already knew that after twelve hours, the water was so hot that it almost burned the finger of the stupid person who put her finger into the small stream she was pouring from it (that would be me). But just how long could that Thermos really keep coffee drinkable?
Anyhow: We went by way of back roads to Cameron, Missouri, where a cousin of mine lives. His hobby is restoring old cars, making them look like new; and Cliff wanted to see how he was coming along on his current projects. (To read about his creation, the Mercharo, click HERE.)
Before we got to my cousin's place, we stopped at Wallace State Park and had lunch. The hot chocolate really hit the spot. We'll be hauling Thermos bottles with us more often, especially on cooler days. Gerald always tries to tell us Cliff is too old to be messing around with motorcycles. Cliff listened to him once. Not any more, though.
Oh, about the big Thermos? After twenty-four hours, it was hot enough that it was still uncomfortable to hold a finger under the stream of water as it was being poured.
We've found our vacuum bottle! In case you need a good Thermos, THIS is the one to buy.