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Nepal  Baseball Road Trip

 

 

   

 

Kathmandu, Nepal's capitol city, was our base for the Nepal Baseball Road Trip. Beyond Kathmandu lie the Himalayan Mountains , including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.

 

 

    

 

Our day one press conference was heavily attended and made all the newspapers and television stations. As described above, we discussed our upcoming games, the clinics we would be holding for young Nepalese baseball players and the Gurkhas sponsorship of the first Nepal baseball 15U youth tournament.

 

 

 

 

Dakshinkali Temple  is dedicated to the goddess Kali who is worshipped thru animal sacrifices, particularly of uncastrated male goats.

 

Pharping or Kirtipur

 

 

 

A late post sightseeing lunch in Kathmandu

 

 

 

  

The grounds crew lines the field, measure out the bases and prepares for the game while our fields pour into the stadium.

 

 

 

  

Game one highlights included Dave Kelpin's home run

 

 

 

Mike Wiesen readies for the pitch as the team looks on.

 

 

 

  

Johnny O'Rourke was in fine pitching form against the Nepal National Police baseball team.

 

 

 

         

The Swayambhunath Stupa is known as the Monkey Temple, is accessible by climbing 365 stairs.  Founded in the 5th century by King Manadeva and contains a stupa, temples, shrines, and a monastery.

 

 

 

 

 The monkeys living here are said to be holy because they grew out of the head lice of Manjusri's long hair.

 

 

 

 

Not all the monkeys were happy to see us for some reason.

 

 

 

   

Johnny's fans all watch in eager anticipation of seeing him get a hit in game two versus the Nepal Army baseball team.

 

 

 

  

The Army team huddles to discuss how to use the shift against Al Pellegrini.

 

 

 

 

While on the DL, Wally Pip (aka Dave Kelpin) takes time out  to sign autographs and tell the Army team about his game one homer while Nikita Gilmore takes his place in left field.

 

 

 

Post game joint team photo of the Foreign Devils and the Nepal Army baseball teams.

 

 

 

  

After lunch, we went sightseeing in Patan's Durbar Square.

 

 

 

   
Hanumandhoka Palace

 

 

 

The Foreign Devils pose for a group shoot inside of the Hanumandhoka Palace.

 

 

 

  

The Foreign Devils board Buddha Air's flight to the Himalayan Mountains and Mount Everest.

 

 

  

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth at 29,028 feet high.  Trekking the Everest area became popular after Edmund Hillary's legendary first ascent in 1953.

 

 

We were all awarded the official Mount Everest certificate after our Buddha Air flight thru the Himalayas and around Everest.

 

 

  

The Nepal 15U Baseball Tournament opening ceremonies include native dance and song.

 

 

The Gurkha Baseball Club 15U teams was one of the entries and played in the championship game.

 

The Championship game was an evening event held at the US Embassy Little League baseball field.

 

  

 

  

The Temple of Kumari is home to the Kumari, the girl who is selected to be the town’s living goddess until she reaches puberty and reverts to being a normal mortal. The goddess is regarded as a living symbol of  the Hindu concept of female energy.

 

 

 

 

Nepal superstar Dinesh guns down a runner during game 3

 

 

 

  

Down 2-0 in the best of 5 games series, an offensive explosion lead the Foreign Devils to a game 3 victory.

 

 

Nikita Gilmore strikes out the side as the Devils win game 3 of the series.

 

Post game handshakes, gift exchanges and team photos occurred after every game.  All of the games were held at the Budhanilkantha School

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

Game 4

 

Boudhanath Stupa is the religious center of Nepal's Buddhist community and is surrounded by monasteries and shops.

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

Game 5

 

 

The city of Patan is famed for its wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples with an abundance of fine bronze gateways and wonderful carvings. Patan is known for its expert craftsmen and metal workers.

 

Crowds of Buddhist pilgrims are an everyday sight in Lumbini, the traditional birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddha. Legend has it that Buddha’s mother, Maya Devi, gave birth near a tree in the garden, which is now a temple bearing her name.



No matter how many days he tried it, Dave Sims "heart in my coffee" routine didn't land him any female companions.
Male yes, female no.


Bhaktapur is known for its narrow brick paved streets harbor hidden shrines and statues around every corner. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees.  Famed for its woodcarvings, pottery and cloth weaving, many of Bhaktapur's practices have changed little over the centuries.

One of three ancient capitals in the Kathmandu Valley, beautifully preserved Bhaktapur experienced a fair share of damage during the 2015 earthquakes. Fortunately, most of the city’s temples and shrines, which are the main attractions in this place known as the City of Devotees, escaped unscathed. Less crowded and hectic than bustling Kathmandu, Bhaktapur invites leisurely walks through medieval squares, winding streets and pedestrian-only thoroughfares. The city’s Durbar Square, or “noble court,” features a must-see site known as the 55-Window Palace, a 15th-century structure that is now home to the National Art Gallery.

 

Durbar Square,  UNESCO World Heritage Site,  is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom.

 

         

 

 

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Immerse ourselves in Kathmandu's spiritual traditions during visits to the Hindu temple Pashupatinah and the Tibetan Buddhist stupa Bodhnath, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites,

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Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kathmandu Dubar Square, Swoyambhunath and the Monkey Temple where you will be mesmerized by Nepal's religious and historical landmarks while witnessing the country's amazing culture and traditions,

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Explore Patan to visit the city of art where you'll see its magnificent Durbar Square.  A city of old architecture that is popular for its handicrafts, you'll also visit Lord Krishna Temple and the Golden Temple.

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visit Bhaktapur and the Taleju Temple, and

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Immerse yourself in the neighboring Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana where you'll be able to do a 2 to 3 hour trek into the Himalayans!

 

  

 

The smoke from burning pyres fills the surrounding air by Kathmandu's Crematoria, the most famous place for Hindu crematorium

 

 

 

 

Durbar Palace Square, former home of Nepal's royal family, is surrounded by dozens of temples with some dating back to the 12th century.

 

 

 

 

      

We saw many interesting cravings in the temples and shrines that we visited during our stay.

 

 Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the God of destruction, the Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu and is situated next to the holy Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, which is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Umpires Practice Giving The Safe Sign As Fans Flock Into The Stadium

 

Durbar Sqaure pix above

 

Nepal Baseball Road Trip Schedule

 

 
September 22nd Thursday Leave the USA on the airline of your choice for Kathmandu. Your departure date will depend on your airline, the number of stops, and the time between flights.
September 23rd Friday Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be met at the airport and whisked away to the Hotel Arts in Katmandu where you'll rest before our adventure begins in earnest.
September 24th Saturday

A visit to Dakshinkali Temple  is dedicated to the goddess Kali, then visits to Pharping and Kirtipur

September 25th Sunday Game #1 versus the Nepal National Police team, , then afternoon sightseeing Patan
September 26th Monday Morning game #2 versus the Nepal Army team followed by afternoon sightseeing at the Monkey Temple.
September 27th Tuesday Sightseeing flight thru the Himalayas and around Mount Everest, opening ceremony of the Nepal Youth Baseball Tournament, and afternoon sightseeing at Durbar Square and Ason market.
September 28th Wednesday Morning game #3 against the Gurkhas, then an  afternoon visit to Bouddhanath monastery and Pashupatinath Temple.

Bhaktapur and the Taleju Temple
September 29th Thursday Game #4 followed by a visit to the Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana where you'll have the chance to do a 2 to 3hour trek in the Himalayans. the farewell banquet hosted by the Gurkhas Baseball Club.
September 30th Friday Crematory
Visit the Lord Krishna Temple and the Golden temple with a tour of Patan, then Game #5  and
October 1st Saturday Transfer to the airport for your return home to the USA!
 

 

 is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and dates to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 














You'll Enjoy The Sunrise Each Morning In Kathmandu Before We head Off for Sightseeing and Baseball!



  
We stayed at the Hotel Arts in Kathmandu in the heart of Thamel surrounded by restaurants and local shops.


The newly married Mrs. Dave Kelpin in her wedding dress, but word is she was second choice.

 

 

 

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is an ape-like cryptid taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal. He now plays third base and hits clean-up for the Nepal team after turning down Dave Kelpin's 1st marriage proposal.


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