Today I decided to take a solo mission to El Cajon to check out Marshal Scotty’s Playland, a little abandoned amusement park (or so I thought). After scoping out the perimeter and snapping some photos from outside the fence for a while, I decided it seemed okay to go in. About ten minutes after that, I hear a noise and look over to see a man in overalls and a large, gold dog cruising the property. It seemed as if the man didn’t see me, but the dog definitely did. It’s staring at me, and I’m trying to decide what to do. It starts barreling towards me, and I thought standing still would be best. It sprints up, stops about five feet from me, and then sort of playfully gets down and runs away. As soon as it ran, I beat feet in the opposite direction. It comes running up again, but stopped near the perimeter of the property, just as I got out. He was a good boy. Anyway, I made it. No dog attacks, no cops. In past abandoned exploring, I’ve encountered people throwing glass bottles from 20 story buildings down in my direction, I’ve run into a massive deer cruising casually around on the second floor of an abandoned psych ward in the snow, I’ve been chased off various spots by cops... but never by a big, unleashed dog.