THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHILI AND THE CHILI VAN
While making the drive from White Sands back to Dallas, TX it was getting late and I wanted to rest for the night before attempting the journey across Texas the next day. Near the border of New Mexico and Texas sits Las Cruces, New Mexico, a cool little city which seemed like as good of place as any to stop and stay the night. I didn't want to stay in a big name hotel and pay lots of money, so I took to Yelp to find the top recommended motels in the area. One that stood out as very highly recommended was an America's Best Value Inn on West Picacho drive. It seemed "iffy" on the outside in the dark of night, but I figured Yelp exists for a reason and I might as well give it a try. I entered the lobby and felt immediately at home. The man working the front desk, David, spoke in an Australian accent and seemed like a cool person you want to know and call a friend. It turns out, he and his wife Elina bought the inn a few years back and totally renovated it. They added a huge garden in the open-air courtyard, revamped the rooms and pool, and constructed what you see here: The World's Largest Chili. The very idea of this gives you some insight as to what cool and quirky people they are, and this motel was a wonderful blessing to just happen upon on a long road trip. To take it one step further, the couple added a secondary chili to their VW Bus to match the large one. So if you're driving around town and you happen to see "The Chili Van", follow it back to America's Best Value Inn and hang out with some of the coolest people in town.