Something’s Crawling Up There!

Ok, so it’s happened to all of us before. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you’re bound to have something crawl up your pants leg sooner or later.


A few weeks ago we were visiting Teter Rock, a big rock set up on edge by somebody to serve as a signpost to guide travelers on their way through the Flint Hills.

It’s on a high high hill overlooking thousands of acres of pastureland with few trees and even fewer people.

We had finished taking pictures of the wonderful view and were walking back to our truck when I felt something move in my pants leg around my knee. I scratched it and kept on walking.  It moved again. I stopped walking. Harland stared while I grabbed at whatever it might be through my jeans. It moved.  And it was coming up my thigh.

“Oh oh!  Something’s crawling up my leg!” I yelled.

Harland stopped to watch…amused as usual…

It moved higher.

Modesty takes a back seat when bugs are involved.  So there, out in the wide-open prairie for anyone to see (if anyone had been there besides us) I unbuckled my belt, and dropped my drawers.

“OH OH….GET IT OUT – GET IT OUT!” I hollered while I jumped around.

I frantically searched for what I was sure must be a large leggy insect.

Harland stood by watching…..amused…..

I found it finally…It looked like a walking stick all legs and long body!!

“OH OH OH!!!   GET IT OUT GET IT OUT!!!!!!!!!! ”  I yelled.

But then I looked at it more closely….it wasn’t moving.

In fact it wasn’t alive.

It was just a dry grass seedhead of some sort.   It wasn’t a bug at all…

“Oh, I’ve been tap-dancing around and yelling for nothing.”  I thought to myself. Not to mention dropping my drawers for everyone within a 20 mile radius.


So I pulled my pants back up and finished walking back to the truck. 



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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19 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    Love it!

  2. Tina says:

    HA HA HAHA!! Wha-ha-ha-ha! OMG! You made me laugh so hard. That is something I would do. I jump when I just imagine something is on my toes.And Harland in true husband fashion just rolls with it. Ha ha ha! Oh, and the rock? It was put there so you would have something to rest your eyes on.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    That is hilarious! What isn’t so funny is one time I had a wasp fly into the gap of my tee shirt sleeve. It frantically (and repeatedly) stung my armpit while I freaked!

  4. Glenda says:

    Oh dear, OH DEAR, OOHH DDEEAARR!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing my friend. You are a hoot!

  5. Carol says:

    I love the drawings, HAHAHA!!!!!! You are one funny lady, Suzanne!!

  6. Alica says:

    You are hilarious! Love the drawings, too! (I would have been doing the same thing!)

  7. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    I was already smiling when I got to those drawings!! I love them, particularly Harland. You caught him perfectly!!!

  8. Ruth in IA says:

    I know the feeling well. Some years back I was hanging clothes on the line when a grasshopper went up my jeans leg. I dropped them right where I was. It’s a good thing we live in the country and there was no traffic on our road that day. Would have given the neighbors something to talk about.

  9. Karen says:

    Oh Suzanne, you are so funny! Harland must be constantly laughing at the predicaments you get into! I know I do!

    Amazing rock, by the way! xx

  10. Dianna says:

    Now THAT’S funny! But I would have done the SAME thing!

    Beautiful photos, by the way.

  11. Louise S says:

    Hmmmm, I think there’s a video of that on youtube…….ya never know when somebody’s watchin’!! LOL

  12. Patty H. says:

    Where do y’all find all these wonderful places to show us about Kansas. I would like to go to a lot of them. Yes, we ALL hate it when things go up our pantleg.

  13. Doe in Mi says:

    Yikes, I can feel myself jumping along with you. Not so dang funny ’til the next day when it turns into a real hoot.

  14. Andrea says:

    THAT was funny Suzanne!! I love the drawing!

  15. Once you get the heebee jeebees, it doesn’t matter what it is!

  16. Nell says:

    LOL!!! Loved the drawings…..did your hubby take pictures?

  17. oh my gosh! that is hilarious Suzanne! I could sooo see me doing the same thing! Don’t you just love it when we scare ourselves over nothing! It is quite amusing! hehehee! I love your drawings on the photo! That is great!

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