I was a kid in the 1960's. And this Coleman thermos went with us on every single vacation that we ever took. When that familiar green and white behemoth appeared on the kitchen table, we knew that a trip of some sort was on the horizon. Mom would fill it with loads of ice and kool-aid, and it would get stuffed into the trunk alongside our suitcases and the picnic basket. We'd hit the road with dad driving and mom riding shotgun, holding the map. Most of our trips took place during the summer, so beaches and pools played a prominent role. I guess that's why I love the water so much!
We drove up to Lake Delevan in Wisconsin during my earlier years and the Coleman thermos got carried along to the beach with us each day. Our cottage was a couple of blocks from the water, so we'd pull on our bathing suits, roll our bathing caps into our beach towels, mom would grab the thermos, dad would handle the picnic basket and off we'd go. We'd spend the day at the beach, leaving the water only long enough to swallow a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and gulp a solo cup of nice cold kool- aid. It was amazing how long that Coleman thermos would hold the ice.
When I got a little older we headed to Lake of the Ozarks, which involved an 8 hour drive. After about 6 hours we'd pull over at the rest area and mom would spread the rose dappled tablecloth and pull sandwiches, pickles and brownies out of the picnic basket. Again, that Coleman thermos would appear on the corner of the picnic table, the white spout hanging over the edge and we'd drink our fill of icy kool-aid. I wish I had a dollar for every mile that old Coleman thermos traveled over the interstates during my formative years.
Another favorite Coleman item is this cooler......
The bottom of it has this stamp on it.....
Does that mean it was made in December of 1976? Could I have possibly have had it that long? Can that Coleman cooler possibly be that tough and AWESOME?? Hell yeah! Look at it, - it has really taken a beating.....
How many miles do you think this Coleman cooler has traveled over the last 35 years?? How many beer cans, pop bottles, bags of ice, sandwiches, watermelons, and condiments do you think it has held? If I could open the lid and let loose the memories it holds I would see the last 35 years of my life fly before my eyes....college parties, camping trips, canoe excursions, road trips, birthday parties, my kids' baptisms and graduation parties, picnics and boat rides. Geocaching, hiking, swimming, kayaking..... My parents, my sisters, my husband, my kids, my friends.... Coleman in the trunk, in the back seat, on the deck, in the boat, strapped to the rear of the camper, on the picnic table, next to the campfire...... Talk about awesome! It may be a little beat up, missing its handles and looking a little worn, but let me tell you, - it still performs! Did I mention it's 35 years old??
Coleman products are reliable and dependable - just like my family. Always there when I need them -just like my family. And isn't that what family is really all about?
Yes, my life has been crammed with lots of family, travel and fun. And a Coleman thermos and a Coleman Cooler have been with me every step of the way. Yep, I know how to spell family - its COLEMAN!
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