Sage advice?

Date: 5/25/2016 Day: 19 Distance: 30 miles start: 6:45 am stop: 7:30 pm Elevation: 6888 ft Others Here: Cloudbuster, Camp: Grants; southwest motel In the words of Carlton from Silver City. “If you are going to be dumb, you better be tough.” We started off with 7 miles across El Malpais  (the badlands) lava flow.  I actually quite enjoyed the hike even though it was hard on the feet.  There was no tread but the trail is marked by cairns made of lava rocks.  One has to look carefully since everything looks the same out there.  After the lava we …