Oakhurst residents and business owners are breathing a sigh of relief following congress's deal Wednesday night. Yosemite National Park was closed during the 16-day government shutdown, causing a major impact on the small community that relies on tourism travel.
Tim Janos heard the news in his Oakhurst motel room.
Janos says, "The breaking news came through and I was like fantastic because now I can get on and enjoy my vacation."
The end of the government shutdown couldn't come soon enough for Janos and his girlfriend. They flew in from Ireland a few days ago for a dream vacation to Yosemite National Park; a dream that up until Wednesday night was in jeopardy.
"I'm very happy. Very happy," says Janos.
The Yosemite traffic began flowing through the small city Thursday; a good sign for local businesses.
Comfort Inn manager Jerry Rankin says the crisis in Washington burned a $25,000 hole in profits. He says it will be hard to recover, but luckily business is already picking back up.
Rankin says, "We're up to about 10 or so reservations directly because of the park reopening."
Now that the city's lifeline is re-open, the visitor's bureau can also take a deep breath.
Sierra Yosemite Visitor's Bureau Public Relations Director Jarrod Lyman says, "We're glad that the situation is resolved and hopefully it won't ever happen again."
So visitor's like Janos, can enjoy what they came for.
"We spent a lot of money coming over and I would have been very, very disappointed," says Janos.
The visitors bureau hopes business will be back to normal by next week.