New Zealand’s Tectonically Active Southern Alps

Based in Gray, Tennessee, David Psimer is the CEO and owner of DP Builders, which focuses on multifamily housing projects. An avid traveler, David Psimer has visited scenic locales around the globe, ranging from Africa to New Zealand.

One of New Zealand’s most rugged areas is the Southern Alps, which feature the highest peaks in Australasia, including Mount Cook, which tops out at 12,316 feet. As reported in the New Zealand Herald, new research indicates that the Southern Alps are being pushed up by tectonic forces at a much faster rate than any other mountain chain worldwide. Popularized by the Lord of the Rings movies, the mountains are known for their extreme ruggedness, including 35-degree slopes. They also receive intensive rainfall, totaling 10 meters a year.

This combination of forces, along with active tectonic shifts, is rapidly changing the geography of the mountains. Measurements by University of Washington earth-science researchers found that mountaintop rock is turning to soil twice as fast as was believed possible. This combination of steepness and quick erosion is similar to the forces that may have formed the Himalayas.


Preparing to Travel to Africa

In his professional life, David Psimer leads as owner of DP Builders in Gray, Tennessee. David Psimer is also an avid traveler and has visited many destinations across Africa.

When preparing for a trip to Africa, all travelers should be sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. These include the diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the polio vaccine, and the flu shot. Public health experts also recommend that travelers receive vaccines for diseases specific to the region, such as hepatitis A and yellow fever, among others.

In addition, visitors need to be sure that they have the appropriate papers. Travelers in West Africa can typically get around easily with a Visa Touristique Entente (VTE), though certain countries may require individual visas. Furthermore, drivers who plan to take rental cars around Africa may need either a triptyque or a carnet de passage, the second being valid for multiple countries and the first being a single-nation passage document. Carnets typically require that the driver be able to afford any import duties if the vehicle is abandoned, though insurance can cover these costs.

Canadian Winter Travel Destinations

A construction company owner by profession, David Psimer enjoys traveling in his personal time. David Psimer has visited a number of the Canadian provinces over the years.

Although many people think of Canada as prohibitively cold in wintertime, both the natural beauty and the culture of the country make it an appealing destination even when the air is chilly. Skiers flock to Whistler in British Columbia, though the area’s resorts have begun to court non-skiers as well with activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. Aspiring mushers may also experience dogsledding through Saskatchewan’s Sundogs Sled Excursions, Outdoor adventurers also enjoy ice walking in Alberta’s Johnston Canyon or at Prince Edward Island’s Brookvale Winter Activity Park.

Ice skaters from across the world have enjoyed gliding down the 7.8 kilometers of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, which opens the waterway to skating in January and February. Skating along the world’s largest skateway, visitors can view such marvels of architecture as the Chateau Laurier hotel and the Canadian Parliament. The attraction also serves as the center of such celebrations as the annual Winterlude. Events like the Quebec Winter Carnival and the Niagara Icewine Festival in Ontario draw visitors from across the world as well, while those who prefer to stay indoors can nestle into the comforts of Cambridge, Ontario’s Langdon Hall or any one of Montreal’s world-class attractions.

Africa’s Beautiful and Diverse Lake Malawi

In his ownership and leadership of DP Builders, David Psimer oversees and advises on all of his company’s construction projects. In his free time, David Psimer enjoys traveling around the world and has visited various areas of Africa.

According to CNN Travel, Lake Malawi is one of Africa’s most stunning locations. The countries of Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique share responsibility for the management and conservation of the lake, which was created by faulting of the Great Rift Valley. To enjoy the lake’s clear waters and sandy beaches, Lake Malawi visitors often partake in kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling.

Lake Malawi is also one of the world’s deepest lakes and home to numerous tropical fish species. Because of its biodiversity, UNESCO established the lake as a World Heritage site and the earth’s first freshwater park. UNESCO notes the lake’s isolation from other water sources has resulted in impressive ecological processes, including the fishes’ adaptive speciation and radiation.