Saturday we explored Portland. We started out at the Portland Saturday Market, a huge outdoor arts and crafts market, where we walked around and looked at all the art for sale. We also enjoyed people watching there and ate lunch while listening to live music. Torsten liked the light rail trains that went through the middle of the market regularly and the kids joined a street musician as his back-up performers. Lexi and Torsten both got henna tattoos on their hands done by a guy with a great handlebar mustache. After the hustle and bustle of the market, we had a change of pace at the Japanese Gardens. It was a beautiful, calm place to walk around and connect with nature. We could see Mount Hood in the distance, and the kids loved watching the koi fish swim around.
In the afternoon, we headed for our next stop–Astoria, Oregon. Our hotel there was right on the river and our balcony overlooked a marina. We ate at the Ship Inn, a local placed owned by a British couple and modeled on similar places found all over coastal England. Torsten and I enjoyed our fish and chips, and mom enjoyed her scallops. After dinner, we took a short walk for sunset pictures before watching Free Willy in our hotel room. It was filmed in Astoria, and Lexi had never seen it. She and Torsten both liked it.