Much of Alaska is off the grid, meaning there is no power or running water - thus few indoor bathrooms. Seated on a stool beside me, a native Alaskan is reminiscing about the innovations brought by the white man. 'Most were good, but we had trouble understanding why white man poop in his house!' Believe me, after long wild stretches of road, a clean bathroom can stand out like an oasis in a desert. I will leave Alaska with a greater appreciation for heading indoors when nature calls.