Lincoln, Neb.-- The shutdown is over, and for some, that means getting back to the good life.
Gary and Karen Stott, of Sarpy County, were thrilled to have one of their personal favorites back open.
The Stotts took a vacation to one of their prime locations - the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.
"There's just something," Karen Stott said, "I know [the monument] always feeds our souls."
With more than 350 parks and museums re-opened nationwide, folks like the Stotts said it's important to have these critical pieces of American history open to the public again.
"We were well welcomed," Gary Stott said. "Everybody seemed really glad to be back at work."
Perhaps nobody more than park Superintendent Mark Engler.
"We wanted to be here," Engler said.
"When you think of the National Park Service, you can think of our last name, and that is service. And, we are all very passionate about that and we think that's important."
The furloughs and shutdown impacted Engler and his staff like thousands of others.
But, in reflection of what happened, Engler still has his goals in sight.
"Our job is to serve the American people," Engler said, "and we're here ready to serve those people.
"We've got an important story to tell and we're just excited to be able to do that."