Bella approved: Mirabeau Springs and Centennial Trail

We had some quality time to ourselves on Monday morning.

So, Bella and I headed for a great park that’s nearby, Mirabeau Springs. It’s one of my favorite places to go, especially since it’s where we got married to Top Secret Dog six months ago.

The path through the main park winds past a small waterfall and up a gravel path where the Walk in the Wild Zoo used to exist.

waterfall spokane valley

The zoo closed in the 1990s, and the waterfall and duck pond are located where the tiger enclosure was. According to a story from the Spokesman-Review archives, two Bengal tigers named Lilly and Kasey called the spot home.

The path takes us up a small hill and down to the park area.

mirabeau park spokane valley

It isn’t really too long a walk for a growing puppy, though, so we cross the road and took a stroll down Centennial Trail.

We see several runners and cyclists along the way. Most are super friendly and give a wave or nod and say “hello.” It always reminds me of one of the reasons I fell in love with this area. It’s almost like Spokane is a little bit Atlantic Canadian with its welcoming attitude.

When I’m walking or running Bella, I always make sure there’s water. I carry it with me, but sometimes my Gulpy just isn’t enough.

Maremma sheepdog

I feel like I have to remind her to leave some for everybody else, too.

Once she’s all tuckered out, we head back to the Mirabeau trailhead and take a breather.

spokane river

Within minutes of arriving at home, it’s time for a nap.

spokane dog walking

Which means Mirabeau Park and the Centennial Trail Bella is Bella approved. Five paws solid!

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