We went through the Mojave Desert when I was 9 in our 1956 Pontiac with no A/C. Not knowing any better we went thru in the daytime. Stopped a a restaurant for a cold drink and asked the waitress what the temp was and she said "only 116". I remember thinking it was like being in an oven with the air that came in the windows as we motored down the road. We live in CA for 3 or 4 months and my mother got homesick and back to Vermont we went and eventually to western MA as my dad began working on construction and worked on the Mass Pike. In the 4th grade I was in 3 different schools.