There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.

– John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 1. Nature is a place of sanctuary for carefree boys in search peace and escape, and the American dream. Only they grow up to be weary tramps.