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American Road Trip Adventure: Days 10 and 11

I took a long road trip in August and early September. I was traveling to a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we made it a family vacation, to show our son more of this big, amazing country. I didn't want to advertise to every burglar on the internet that our house was empty, so I waited until I returned home to start posting blog entries.
P1130781 Paula, cropped, 40%



Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24
Salt Lake City, Utah: NFPW Conference

I'm backtracking here, overlapping this entry with the last one to show you a montage of photo highlights from the 2013 NFPW Conference. Saturday we attended workshops, swore in new national officers, finished the annual auction for the Education Fund, and held our National Communications Contest awards banquet, where I won first place in Photography.

The woman in the first photo, in the purple sweater, is my friend Paula, one of NFPW's Three Goddesses. (The Triumvirate consists of me, Paula, and Allison; see us all posing together in the next-to-last photo. Did I ever mention that when all three of us are together, we have to power to control the weather?) You might recognize the speaker standing at the podium in one of the pictures: It's NFPW member Heloise, as in the popular "Hints From Heloise" column. And that's me in the red and white polka-dot dress, hanging out with Mike, my co-presenter for Friday's workshop on how to write a book.

Saturday night the conference ended, with fine weather, hugs, and promises all around to see each other next year in Greenville, South Carolina, the 2014 NFPW Conference site.

Saturday was the Petrini/Morgan Road Trip's final full day in Salt Lake City. Sunday we would be heading south, to Moab, Utah, and Arches National Park.

P1140096 Lori & Rebecca, 40%
P1130987 Jill, 40%
P1130960 Marj, 40%
P1140047 Meg & Betty in Lime Green, 40%
P1140018 HS Contest Winner, 40%
P1140060 Tom, cropped
P1140113 Marianne & Marsha, 40%
P1140033 Heloise, cropped, 40%
P1130980 Paula & Shayne, edited, 40%
P1130810 Justin with violin, 40%
P1140057 Jill & Allison, cropped, 40%
P1140004 Pam, 40%
P1130988 Mike & Me, cropped
P1140054 Marlene, 40%
P1140104 Three Goddesses, 40%
P1130966 cropped, 40%