Were they moose ladies? That would explain the language barrier.
On your way back from Whittier there is a gorgeous restaurant in Girdwood. I think it was Jack Sprat...probably. 95% certain.
yum! Tried to go to Jack Sprat, but forgot to check when they were open at got there at 3pm when they didn't open til 5pm. Ended up at 'Girdwood Picnic' restaurant instead, which had a really amazing chicken & corn chowder. Might catch Jack Sprat later in the trip, as we're heading that way again later in the trip.
Yeah, amazing skiing there if it actually snows this winter :s