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A truck pulled a Victorian home through San Francisco last Sunday.

Noah Berger/A.P.

They could have just demolished the 1882 Victorian to make way for a new development in San Francisco. Instead, the owner chose to move the piece of architectural history to a new location, a proposition that took nearly eight years of planning and permits from 15 agencies. Last Sunday was moving day. The home, hoisted on giant dollies, paraded at 1 mph along a six-block route lined with spectators uttering "oohs" and "aahs." S.F. Chronicle | SFist

Watch a time-lapse of the home's trip. 👉 @karlmondon


Diablo Canyon Power Plant is perched along the coast of San Luis Obispo County.

Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

The Diablo Canyon power plant, California's last remaining nuclear plant, takes up fewer than 600 acres while generating roughly 9% of the electricity produced in-state. It can deliver power at all hours, unlike solar and wind. And it doesn't emit carbon dioxide. Yet Diablo is slated to cease operations by 2025. The New Yorker published a fascinating profile of the lonely environmentalists fighting to save the plant.


Yosemite's Half Dome in winter white.

Shaun Jeffers

“If you fall to your left or right, you’re definitely dead.”

On Sunday, a pair of creative daredevils summited a snow-covered Half Dome, then skied back down its exceedingly steep spine, continuing all the way to Yosemite Valley 4,000 feet below. No one is known to have attempted the feat before. One of the skiers, Jason Torlano, 45, is a true badass: an Army veteran who spends several months a year as a volunteer helping people flee war zones overseas. Fresno Bee | S.F. Chronicle

See video from the descent. 👉 @sfchronicle


Rows of mustard in Napa Valley.

Michael Warwick

Before the springtime poppies of Antelope Valley come the late-winter mustard blooms of Wine Country. Spanish priests of the 18th century carried mustard seeds with them as they established a chain of missions along the California coast. The crop was later embraced by vineyards as a cover crop, planted between the vines to promote soil health. Their radiant yellow blossoms, stretching to the horizon, are now an attraction in their own right. Here's a nice photo tour of 10 of the prettiest spots in Sonoma County. 👉 Sonoma magazine


A worker processed shipping orders at the Amazon warehouse in San Bernardino in 2013.

David McNew/A.P.

Nowhere is Amazon's influence more evident than in the Inland Empire, where it employs more than 40,000 people in 14 facilities and two logistics air hubs. A N.Y. Times Magazine piece described how the e-commerce behemoth is so enmeshed in the region that it's become a high school career track:

"I visited the campus as a dozen students sat clustered at work tables inside an air-conditioned classroom, which was designed to emulate the inside of an Amazon facility. On one wall, Amazon’s giant logo grinned across a yellow and green banner. The words 'CUSTOMER OBSESSION' and 'DELIVER RESULTS' were painted against a corporate-style yellow backdrop. On a whiteboard, a teacher had written the words 'Logistics Final Project,' and the lesson of the day was on Amazon’s '14 Leadership Principles.' Each teenager wore a company golf shirt emblazoned with the Amazon logo."


People have been a little weirded out by the mannequins at a home in South Lake Tahoe.

via Zillow

A seemingly normal home listing in South Lake Tahoe takes a strange turn as you click through the photos. Throughout the home are at least a dozen creepy mannequins, assembled in gowns as if they're having a cocktail party. The listing on Zillow, a duplex asking for $650,000, went viral on social media. It wasn't clear whether mannequins are included, though the ad says: “Property to be sold as is." Laughing Squid |


☝Here's Moonstone Beach Boardwalk in Cambria.

Named for its milky gemstones, the 1-mile walkway along Highway 1 is famous for breathtaking views. Pause at benches along the path and you can watch the antics of sea otters, brown pelicans, and, in the distance, migrating gray whales. Visitors at nearby lodgings have been known to declare they wish they could stay forever. A TripAdvisor analysis of user reviews ranked Moonstone Beach as the best beach in California.


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