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
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
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.
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.
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
Boudhanath Stupa is the religious center of Nepal's Buddhist community and is surrounded by monasteries and shops.
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.
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.
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
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'.
Umpires Practice Giving The Safe Sign As Fans Flock Into The Stadium
Durbar Sqaure pix above
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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.