Cruise ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.

While we were cruising around the Golden Gate Bridge the other day for the Birthday party I heard one of the crew members say that there is going to be a cruise to celebrate chocolate!  What a terrific idea. One of the things everyone should know is that the vast majority of the time spent by your average gull is in a search for food.  To suggest that this is an all consuming quest would not be an understatement.

There is a big shopping area near to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Pier 45 berth of the ship.  Sometimes we go up there to pester the tourists and scavenge food.  Occasionally we find some chocolate, and while it is not the favorite food of the Gull Family ( think about FISH ) we don’t turn it down.

Ghirardelli Square and Chocolate Factory site.

There are times, like during crab season and the Herring runs, when food is plentiful, but most of the time we are scrambling for scraps and chocolate helps fill the bill . . . little bird joke there.

We have notified the avian squadron about the eminent event and expect a big bird crowd as well as a lot of passengers.  I found a lot of the boys & gulls mooching from the people eating lunch the other day.  With the beautiful weather and big crowds it should be a good year for the birds.

Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf for the boys & gulls

Editor’s Note:  The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was started in San Francisco in 1852 and still has a major presence in the City-by-the-Bay. Plans for the July 21, 2012 cruise will include demonstrations by a Ghirardelli ‘Chocolate Professor’ and, of course, tasting of the product.  

The Oracle AC 45 boat practicing on the Bay

The cruise will also allow passengers to see the practicing USA America’s Cup boats and check in on the nesting gulls on the ship. 

This will be  great opportunity to see the nesting gulls, the America’s Cup boats, learn more about chocolate and tour the historic SS Jeremiah O’Brien. 


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