My philosophy of sharing



I used to bike a particularly up-scale neighborhood in the Woodinville (WA) area and would note the many beautiful homes and cars with almost no one home.  Each was working 6 or more days a week to make the payments on these extravagant homes with little time left to enjoy them.

My idealistic self would think “why can’t people just share?”

Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guo

Could we reduce traffic if we just shared?

As I would drive a 45 minute commute to work each day  (which used to be a nice bike ride till the traffic became so bad it wasn’t safe to bike anymore) I would just suffer in traffic.  We were all going to close to the same places but carpooling was just too inconvenient – but if everyone did it, the drive would have been only 10 minutes.

So, since I have been blessed with one of the coolest estates I could imagine, I have decided to share it.  This is a big risk really.  Any jerk could destroy my place in a matter of hours and leave me with tears and pain.  But I take great joy in watching a family enjoying my estate.  Kids on the swing or dad fishing with his daughter on the pond or a family walking along my valley with my cattle grazing in the background and the creek gently flowing by.

These are memories I have had with my kids and they are precious to me.

So I take the risk and pray God protects my place as I rent it out to families small and large.  It not only supplies me with a retirement income but gives me many productive hours of labor given in love for others.  This gives me purpose and a goal each day.

In giving I receive abundantly.

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Are you game?

Lifewater ranch has a ton of games we have gathered over the years of our family life which we of course share with our guests!

Here’s a photo of our game closet and a list of the game we have at the time of this post:

Games Closet

The List

    • 13 Jigsaw puzzles
    • Acquire
    • Apples to Apples
    • Axis and Allies
    • Backgammon
    • Bible Trivia
    • Boggle
    • Bonkers
    • British Rails
    • Carcassone Big Box
    • Checkers
    • Chess
    • Chinese Checkers
    • Clue
    • Cranium
    • Cribbage
    • Dice
    • Eurorails
    • Facts in 5
    • Fisher Price barn with various toys
    • Go
    • Hand and Foot
    • Jenga
    • Last word
    • Life
    • Mad Gab
    • Magnetic Dolls Dressup
    • Majong
    • Many decks of cards
    • Othello
    • Pass the Pigs
    • Pegs and Jokers
    • Pente
    • Peonuckle
    • Pirateer
    • Poker chips
    • Power Grid
    • Risk
    • Rummikub
    • Scattergories
    • Scotland Yard
    • Settlers card game
    • Sorry
    • Stratego
    • Thurn and Taxis
    • Tripoley
    • Twister
    • Ungame
    • UpWards
    • Various game rules
    • Waterful Tic-tac-toe
    • X-Machina
    • Yatzee


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Spring is looking good!

I’ve been spending a lot of my quarantine time working on cleaning up the grounds. This area is plagued by rose bushes and berry bushes that tend to overrun a ranch like this. This year I have really decided to take the time to whack these back and early spring is the time to do it. The entire house area and valley are now cleared (not sure how long that will last) and as the grass grows up it is starting to look like Switzerland and other places not plagued by these kinds of weeds. I don’t know why but this year things have been very slow. I have no reservations at all on the books. The virus could be a factor but usually I have at least a few by Christmas so this year is weird. Anyway thanks for asking and I hope you can visit sometime and experience what I enjoy every day – even in quarantine!

Sorry, my camera is currently broken so I can’t show you what I mean – but trust me – its looking gorgeous.  The pool should be open by May.

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A Detox Retreat?


In short…. YES!

Lifewater Ranch is full of naturally occurring herbs, berries, roots, and just clean water and air.  We can’t overcome the chem-trails but we are relatively low in RF and near a natural lay line that creates an energy vortex that seems to calm the weather and IMHO promotes general health.

Plus Lifewater Ranch is QUIET.  I love just sitting on my deck and listening to the water in the creek flowing and feeling the gentle breezes blowing on my face.  Watching the happy and gentle cattle graze does wonders for your high blood pressure too!

We also happen to have a Norwalk Juicer.  I created a juicer guide for it here.

And of course, a hot tub and pool (in season) to relax in.

I would be so bold as to suggest that once a year, you plan to spend at least a weekend here at Lifewater Ranch to give yourself a detox cleans.  Either just fast and keep it simple or bring your own foods to juice and prepare to give yourself an uninterrupted time of total detachment, relaxation and meditation.

If everyone did this, such issues as the Corona Virus would be moot as our immune systems would be so strong that such bugs wouldn’t really bug us.


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Lifewater Ranch wins an Award!

LWR Award

The Kooskia Award Program just awarded Lifewater Ranch as best in the hotel category for Kooskia!  Now Kooskia is a small town and so maybe this doesn’t mean much but we can now call ourselves…

An award winning place to stay!

Here’s a link (just to show its real) to the award’s press release which is reproduced below:


Lifewater Ranch Receives 2019 Best of Kooskia Award

Kooskia Award Program Honors the Achievement

KOOSKIA October 6, 2019 — Lifewater Ranch has been selected for the 2019 Best of Kooskia Award in the Hotel category by the Kooskia Award Program.

Each year, the Kooskia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kooskia area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Kooskia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Kooskia Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Kooskia Award Program

The Kooskia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kooskia area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Kooskia Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Kooskia Award Program

Kooskia Award Program


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Our Open House

About a month ago I issued a press release that got printed in the local paper about what Lifewater Ranch is and announced an open house.

2019-07-25 Clearwater Progress

Well the Open House went well.  We had almost a constant trickle of  visitors stop by and ask about us and many toured the house and areas around the house.  I didn’t take pictures myself so there aren’t many to share.  By late afternoon I had some friends visit that wanted to play chess on our floating chess board in the hot tub.  One of our visitors took some pix so those are what I have:

One particular visitor from Montana was very interested in the unique features of Lifewater Ranch and wants to help me with developing this place into more of the amazing potential it has.  She was especially piqued by my idea of a 1000 hole disc golf course.

It’s hard to describe how perfect this place is for families or other groups to really escape the city and the rush of modern life yet retain amenities of high class hotels.  It is a place you can spend some time getting to and then just unpack and chill with a feeling of being right at home yet away from everything that says STRESS.

One could try to make cabins and maximize rent income on this place, which is a possibility, but I think keeping it more for one group at a time to enjoy fully is a better model.  I’m going for quality over quantity.

If you’ve never checked out Lifewater Ranch in person, you simply have to.  There is no amount of pictures or text that can do it justice.

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It’s now a little easier to find us in the middle of nowhere.


A sign helps.  So we changed the name of our driveway from Woodchuck Spur to Lifewater Lane – should be EASY now to find, located near the top of Cedar Creek Road which used to be known as Clear Creek Cutoff Road.

See you soon!!!

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Friends visit Lifewater Ranch


Some good longtime friends graced Lifewater Ranch today.  We had a great time catching up and they enjoyed my amenities immensely.

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Our new pool liner is in!!!

With several delays we finally have our new liner in and it is beautiful!


To celebrate our new pool we will have a free open house on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 from 9am to 9pm.  Come and check out our place, enjoy the pool and hot-tub.  Check out our horse-shoe courses and our disc golf run.  Tour the house and our 160 acres full of creeks, springs and ponds and book your next stay if you like while you’re here.

Lifewater Ranch is the vision of Sanford Staab, an ex-Microsoft employee, also known as The Chess Guy, who has a vision to share his own home with others.  This remote yet posh estate is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, campers, fishermen, hunters and for those who just need a break from the city.

We offer reasonable rates and flexible options for small groups to enjoy a vacation rental, corporate event venue, B&B, RV or camping retreat as so desired.

See our new sign located at the end of the Kooskia bridge where Highway 12 and 13 intersect.


Book now for next year or next week and enjoy some of the highest quality amenities in the area at an affordable price.  See our website at or our facebook page at

The vision is to bring in money from outside of our area and pay local talent such as gardeners, chefs, herbalists, lumber jacks, cleaning services, event coordinators and marketing experts, as demand will support, to enliven our economy and attract people to visit our area.

Kooskia and its surroundings are absolutely beautiful.  We can see the growth in places like Boise and McCall but our area needs economic stimulus to thrive as well.  Lifewater Ranch is just a tiny enterprise to help us all prosper, share what we have with the world, and enjoy life better.

Come to our open house and experience one way life can be enjoyed to its fullest.

You can also contact us at


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Newslatter #8

Lots is happening at Lifewater Ranch.  We almost have out new pool liner, but not yet so not post to show how it looks yet … any day now!

So here are our posts since our last newsletter:

DSC_4035  They Seek for a Sign

The herd is now 5 strong A new arrival at Lifewater Ranch

TP Flooded Highwater at Lifewater Ranch

DSC_3931 Our first flowers of the season!

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